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Rifton E-Pacer

The E-Pacer is a new addition to the Pacer family. Its sit-to-stand lift functionality removes a major barrier to gait training with large or highly dependent clients.

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Description

Versatile & Powerful

The E-Pacer combines the powerful electric lift column and secure body support of the TRAM with the key gait training features of the classic Pacer. The result is more than the sum of its parts. The E-Pacer can be a life-changing solution for clients who have grown too large or too dependent to be safely transferred into manual gait trainers. Its strong and stable frame can accommodate users up to 6′ 5″ and 350 lbs.

The Benefits:

  • Zero-lift transfers: The E-Pacer can perform the sit-to-stand transfer that is part of every gait training session with no lifting on the part of the caregiver.
  • Gait training with extra stability: The E-Pacer’s strong and rigid frame gives security for heavier or taller clients.
  • Seat-to-seat transfers: Attach the thigh straps to the E-Pacer’s body support system and use the E-Pacer to move a client from a wheelchair to a mat table or other surface for therapy.
  • Expandable legs: Widen the base legs for clients needing extra step width or to get up close to a wheelchair prior to a transfer.
  • Height range: The 26″ adjustment range of the E-Pacer’s electric lift column provides great versatility for use with clients of different statures.
  • Built-in scale: the optional Bluetooth-equipped scale and Gait Tracker mobile app measure the load on the body support, allowing caregivers to track a client’s weight-bearing progress over time. Available for Android or iOS devices.

“The E-Pacer’s design combining transfer and gait training solves a big problem for us at our center. Now our larger clients can enjoy the benefits of gait training – independently accessing the environment – with a safe transfer and far less risk of back injury to our support staff.”

Rebecca Ryan
OTR/LDirector of Clinical Services
Center for Disability Services, Albany, NY

Features

Use the slides below to learn more about the features and multiple functions of the E-Pacer patient transfer device.

Effortless lifting

The carefully engineered, telescoping lift column gives the E-Pacer an amazing range of adjustment. It can be raised high enough to support a 6’5″ walking client and then retract down to 32¾” for compact storage.

The switch pole accessory allows a caregiver or client to operate the electric lift without bending down.

In the absence of the switch pole or caregiver handle, the lift is operated with up/down buttons on the battery case.

The ultimate in gait trainer casters

The innovative casters have swivel lock, brake, variable drag, and directional lock functionality. Use different combinations to control the E-Pacer’s speed and direction.

Swivel lock: Each caster’s swivel can be locked independently. Lock all four to help clients walk in a straight line, or just the two rear casters to eliminate drifting sideways. Release swivel locks on all casters for movement in any direction.

Directional lock: Set each caster to prevent involuntary backward movement. (Only works with swivel locks engaged.)

 

Variable drag: Made with the same material used in automotive brakes, our variable drag feature gives you greater control with the simple twist of a dial.

Odometer

The optional odometer makes it easy to measure distance covered.

The odometer looks simple, but is highly versatile.

To reset display to 0, press the reset button. To display total lifetime distance traveled, press and hold button for one second. Lifetime distance will be displayed in kilometers or thousands of feet, depending on unit setting. To switch between feet or meters, press and hold button until units change (approximately 10 seconds)

Scale

When the scale is paired with a tablet or phone via Bluetooth, the Gait Tracker App can track your client’s weight-bearing progress. Available for Android or iOS devices.

Note: The scale must be included in the original purchase. It cannot be added later.

If the scale is paired with a tablet or phone via Bluetooth, the Gait Tracker App can track the client’s weight bearing progress.

Expanding legs

Swinging the leg expander bar spreads the E-Pacer frame to fit around large wheelchairs.

Accessories

Use the text below to read details on the function of each E-Pacer accessory.

Scale

The optional scale can measure the weight a client is bearing on their feet during gait training to track their progress. It can also be used to weigh a client during a transfer.

If the scale is paired with a tablet or phone via Bluetooth, the Gait Tracker App can track the client’s weight bearing progress. Available for Android or iOS devices.

Watch the Gait Tracker App video, to learn more.

The smartphone can then be attached to the E-Pacer’s handhold using a smartphone bike handlebar mount, allowing the client to see their progress while the caregiver views the scale monitor.

Odometer

The odometer makes it easy to record how far your client walks, in feet or meters.

The odometer looks simple, but is highly versatile.

To reset display to 0, press the reset button. To display total lifetime distance traveled, press and hold button for one second. Lifetime distance will be displayed in kilometers or thousands of feet, depending on unit setting. To switch between feet or meters, press and hold button until units change (approximately 10 seconds).

Front handle

The front handle allows a caregiver to maneuver and guide the E-Pacer. It includes an up/down switch which adjusts the height of the body support.

The front handle makes it easy to maneuver a client during a seated transfer.

Switch pole

The switch pole lets a caregiver operate the electric lift without bending down (when not using the front handle).

The switch pole can also be turned around to give the client control of the lift.

Arm prompts

Versatile arm prompts include height, rotation, angle, lateral proximity and forward/backward adjustments, to accommodate numerous positioning requirements.

Dimensions:
Padded surface area: small: 4½” x 7″ large: 5″ x 8½”
Range of adjustment (elbow to fist):
small: 8″–12½” large: 10½”–16″

In their forward position, the arm prompts encourage a forward leaning posture; further back, they promote upright posture.

Arm platforms

Arm platforms offer a simple alternative for clients who need less arm positioning. They attach to our adjustable arm prompt base and are made of integral skin foam for padded comfort and easy cleaning. Arm platforms are available with or without handgrips.

Padded surface dimensions: 13½”x 5½”

Arm platforms with handgrips

Arm platforms in use

Hip positioner

The hip positioner is designed to encourage good positioning for gait training. It enables natural pelvic movement and lower extremity weight-shifting, and provides good abduction.

A pad is available for extra comfort.

Pelvic support

Available in three sizes, the pelvic support is used for sit-to-stand transfers and gait training. It can also be used for fall prevention, making it suitable for early mobility in recovery.

It may fit the client best when the straps are crossed as shown in the photo.

Key user dimension: (indicated by the u-shaped arrow in the photograph)

Half of thigh circumference:
Small: 6″ – 10″
Medium: 8″ – 14″
Large: 10″ – 18″

Thigh straps

Thigh straps are used for seated transfers. They are machine washable and are available in wide and narrow versions.

Width: narrow 5″, wide 7″

Thigh straps being used for a seated transfer.

Ankle prompts

Ankle prompts attach to the bottom bar of the E-Pacer frame and have padded straps that can be adjusted to prevent scissoring.

Movable clips on the ankle prompt bar regulate stride length and placement.

Removable back belt

For settings where infection control is critical, we offer an alternative back belt with a clip at both ends for easy removal and sanitation.

Maximum circumference remains at 60″.

Additional battery

An additional battery may be needed in settings where frequent transfers are being made each day. A fully charged battery should deliver approximately 70 complete lift cycles depending on user weight.

Specifications

For more information download the Rifton E-Pacer Brochure.

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