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Frequently Asked Questions

Let's be real, you don’t. Emergency care providers have been MacGyvering patient lifts since the days of hearses doubling as ambulances. But, let's not settle for the same old tricks that lead to chronic back pain. Sure, you could stick to lifting patients with sheets and soft stretchers, but that's like trying to win a race on a tricycle. It's time to upgrade to the Binder Lift, a proven tool that helps you lift patients safely and with proper ergonomics. We've come a long way from using hearses to transport patients, so let's evolve from lifting them with makeshift tools.

Patients are known to round down when giving their weight (we're all probably a little guilty of this), so more often than not you don't know how heavy your patient actually is. So instead of giving a weight capacity for the Binder Lift, which does little good if you don't accurately know the patient's weight, we make it simple by guaranteeing that it is capable of helping you lift any patient that you can properly attach it to. A patient will be too wide, thus preventing you from properly attaching the Binder Lift, far before they'll be too heavy.

The Standard size has a 34" to 62" circumference, which typically fits a 100 to 350 pound patient.

The Bariatric size has a 58" to 82" circumference, which typically fits a 350 to 800 pound patient.

Quality, customer service, and value doesn't come cheap. Power cots are also expensive. Over 30x more expensive to be exact. But power cots have been proven to be a good investment time and time again because they are proven to reduce cot-related injuries. The Binder Lift helps prevent injuries where patient handling begins — lifting a slippery, wet, naked patient out of a bathtub. That means the Binder Lift has 30x the return on investment when compared to a power cot. The Binder Lift will be one of the least expensive pieces of capital equipment in the back of your ambulance.

All Binder Lift products are made in the USA with the highest quality workmanship and materials. We also stand by our products with unmatched customer service and 5 year warranty.

If you're worried about the price, first just try it through our risk-free 30-day trial. If you don't think it's worth the money after trying it, we'll pay for the return shipping for you to send it back.

Yes. The Binder Lift has been tested through a third-party ergonomic evaluation process and was found to significantly reduce shear forces on the lifter's spine when compared to the industry's most common lifting practices. Some of our customers have reported a 100% percent reduction in lifting-related injuries years after their purchase. There is a significant amount of science behind the ergonomics of a handle. Handles make lifting both safer and easier. Because humans don't come with handles, you need to bring your own. The Binder Lift brings the handles to patient handling.

Our defining characteristics are Quality, Customer Service, and most importantly — Proven Results. The Binder Lift is the only device that boasts 4 national awards for safety and innovation, and it's the only device on the market that is proven with electromyography (EMG) to reduce shear forces on the lifter's spine when compared to traditional methods of lifting. Here is a list of what we offer, that you won't get anywhere else:

  • 5-year warranty that's firefighter proof — if it's damaged for any reason, we'll repair or replace it.
  • Up to 32 handles to lift by — over 3x as many handles as any other device.
  • Proven injury reduction — we have field testing data as well as lab data.
  • Longstanding history of excellence — we have over 3,000 customers and not a single reported injury while using the Binder Lift. That's an estimated 1,000,000 patient lifts without injury.
  • Patented torso wrap design that provides comfort and support for the patient.
  • 4 National awards for safety and excellence from industry leaders such as, EMS World, Journal of Emergency Medical Services, and National EMS Safety Foundation.
  • Made from 100% medical grade impervious material for quick and efficient decontamination after every use (Vinyl Model). 

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Don't take our word for it though! We let our product speak for itself. Give it a try risk-free for 30 days and see for yourself. If you've already purchased a different lifting device and would like to upgrade to the Binder Lift, we'll let you trade it in at 100% of its retail value. Contact a Patient Handling and Safety Expert to learn more. 

Both! As you likely already know, we no longer live in a "one size fits all" society. This is why we have two sizes, Standard and Bariatric. The Standard size typically fits patients ranging from 100 to 350 pounds (34" to 62" torso circumference). The Bariatric size typically fits patients ranging from 350 to 800 pounds (58" to 82" torso circumference). Both sizes are needed because it's your responsibility to provide care and sometimes lift assistance, to patients of all shapes and sizes. Whether you're lifting a 100-pound patient or an 800-pound patient, you deserve to have the equipment necessary to keep you safe. Lifting injuries do not discriminate. Data shows you're at elevated risk of injury anytime you're lifting more than 35 lbs. The Binder Lift helps to reduce this risk by attaching handles to the patient, large or small, so providers can harness their strength and use proper ergonomics.

Many of our metropolitan departments will put a Standard size on all of their front-line ambulances or apparatus, and strategically place the Bariatric size throughout the response area so backup can bring it if needed. Rural departments will typically place one of each size on every ambulance because backup isn't as readily available for a quick response if needed.

Absolutely. The Binder Lift's patented torso wrap design distributes the patient's weight across the entire surface area of the device. As a result, the patient doesn't feel significant pressure in their armpits or groin when being lifted. If you're using a sheet, transfer tarp, or other lifting device, it is likely that your patients are experiencing discomfort and instability when lifted. The Binder Lift is the only device on the market that has padding for patient comfort and a torso wrap design that helps support and control their mass. 

Patients who've experienced the Binder Lift difference explain it best. "They used a new lift jacket [Binder Lift] to pick me up without hurting my back too much. I have had over 70 surgeries and they managed to pick me up without too much-added pain in less than 1 to 2 seconds! Would you please relay to them just how grateful I am? I'll write personally when able."

To read what other patients say about the Binder Lift, check out our case studies

Yes. Because 80% of falls happen in the bathroom, we designed the Binder Lift with the bathroom in mind. If you're using a sheet, transfer tarp, or other lifting device, chances are you're forced to use bad lifting ergonomics when in a confined space, such as a bathroom. This is because it's impossible to use proper lifting ergonomics if there isn't a handle in a direct line between the lifter and the object (patient). That's why the Binder Lift has up to 32 handles — well over 3x the number of handles than any other lifting device on the market. With so many handles to choose from, you're guaranteed to have a handle in a direct line between you and the patient in any scenario. 

Check out our videos to see how the Binder Lift can help you lift a 350lb patient from a bathtub. 

Download the cleaning instructions guide. If you still have questions, don't hesitate to contact us.

All Binder Lift products are made in the USA and come with a 5-year warranty. If your device is damaged for any reason we will repair or replace it free of charge for the first 5 years after your purchase.

"But what if my device is damaged after the warranty period?" Glad you asked! Since the Binder Lift is made in the USA it's easy and inexpensive to have it repaired. Just contact us and we'll walk you through the easy steps to get it repaired. View our warranty policy.

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