Clinical Hub,Patient Safety,Nursing Quality and Safety Resources,SMART Resources and Tips,Safe Patient Handling Training Guide- AFCH
Sara Plus - Clinical Hub, Patient Safety, Nursing Quality and Safety Resources, SMART Resources and Tips, Safe Patient Handling Training Guide- AFCH
- Safety Check
- Determine if patient is appropriate for using Sara Plus
- Patient must be able to bear weight on one leg and have sufficient arm strength to hold the bar with at least one arm
- Patient must score 3 or less on Get Up and Go test
- Check Weight Capacity
- Sling Selection
- Ensure that the strap (or Velcro) attaches in front of the patient, and that the side of the sling extends past the patient’s hips
- Check battery
- Battery should be rotated every day
- Do not use the device if the battery is low. Replace the battery with the one on the charger
- Emergency Release
- The emergency release will lower the patient, in case the device fails or battery dies
- The brakes should be locked when loading a patient into the device
- Product Demonstration
- Position patient’s feet on foot plates and shins into shin pads. Adjust the foot plate and shin pad for patient comfort.
- Properly attach the sling to the Sara Plus rope and adjust cords properly:
- Ensure arms are outside harness
- Ensure cords are in the locked position
- Push the up button and lift the patient in one fluid motion. Do not start and stop.
- After the patient is standing:
- Check the patient’s shoulders. If they are raised, slightly lower the lift.
- If the patient’s buttocks are sticking out, it indicates they are not using their leg strength. Encourage them to stand.
- Tighten the cords to keep the patient as close as possible to the device
- Move the patient to the desired location
- Complete transfer in one smooth move, avoiding stops and starts
- Lower the patient
- Press “down” arrow to lower patient
- Remove sling straps