How do I use the Lavin Lift Straps sizing chart?
What are patient lifters used for?
No, we are not a manufacturer of patient lifts nor do we sell them. However, we do manufacture and sell the best accessory for lifting patients, called Lavin Lift Straps™, which is an accessory for patient lifters with T-bar technology.
Because currently available patient lift accessories are limited in the nature of what they enable caregivers to do, which is transport and/or move patients. Lavin Lift Straps™ are not used to transport patients. Instead, they’re designed to gently lift the lower half of a patient’s body, thereby making it easier for staff to clean, change and provide treatment to those in their care. Our straps are specifically intended to be used by one caregiver. When our products are introduced, institutions often find that lifters which had been gathering dust are suddenly in demand by aides, who use them for changing incontinent patients and dressing wounds. You won’t need a team to lift a patient—with Lavin Lift Straps™, one person can do the work of an entire patient lift team.
Why is the process of using Lavin Lift Straps™ and a patient lifter preferable to the traditional method of rolling a patient from side to side?
Log rolling isn’t pleasant for anyone—it’s undignified for the patient and can result in shearing-force skin injuries. Caregivers notoriously suffer injuries from moving, lifting, and rolling patients. With Lavin Lift Straps™, one person can handle a task that might have otherwise required two or more people—especially in the case of obese, combative or unresponsive patients. This efficiency allows better deployment of staff in care facilities, resulting in cost savings and enhanced productivity. It also reduces workmen’s compensation claims and, by easing the workload, can improve morale. In addition, patients are likely to be changed more often, thus keeping them cleaner and avoiding pressure areas. And finally, gentler handling means that patients are less exposed to friction and skin breakdowns.
Eligible Medicare recipients and providers should use HCPCS code number E0621-Lavin Lift Strap model #s 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 or 24 to bill Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs) for Medicare reimbursement purposes. (Please note this currently applies to only the Reusable model.)
The Reusable model straps have a tested current tensile strength of 400 pounds per strap, which provides security for both the patient and caregiver. The Disposable model straps have a maximum recommended tensile strength of 150 lbs per strap. However, all patient lifters should have their weight limits posted, and caregivers should not exceed the patient lifter weight capacity.
T-bar lifters are extremely common and are used in most health care facilities.
Lavin Lift Straps™ can be used with any patient lifter, portable or built-in ceiling, that incorporates T-bar technology.
Lavin Lift Straps are available in a variety of adjustable sizes. If you’re employing the Basic Process correct sizing for the reusable strap is determined by measuring the thigh 5 inches above where the kneecap and thigh meet. For disposable strap, measure the circumference of the limb. If you’re using the Double Strap Process, you will need 2 sets of straps. Correct sizing for the first set of straps is determined by measuring the thigh 5 inches above where the kneecap and thigh meet. Correct sizing for the second set of straps is determined by measuring the circumference of the calf below the knee. If you’re using the Single Limb Suspension Process, then measure the limb to be suspended at the appropriate area on the limb.
Do not place Lavin Lift Straps on joints or the neck.
For home healthcare, a complete 2-strap set of Lavin Lift Strap, reusable model, can be purchased on our website. When dealing with a re-seller, the cost can vary.
If you’re a professional healthcare facility and are interested in ordering the Disposable and/or Reusable model, please contact us for more information on our institutional product line.
Lavin Lift Straps are made at manufacturing facilities in the USA.
Clean the Reusable model with isopropyl alcohol, disinfectant wipes or sprays or machine wash. The Disposable model should not be cleaned and should be properly disposed of and replaced if it gets soiled.
Lavin, Inc. can accommodate custom orders, depending on quantity and time available for strength and quality testing.
Are the straps easy to use?