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FreeStep SAS - Supported Ambulation System
Safe ambulation and support over ground, stairs, parallel bars or equipment.
Multi-user capacity optimizes equipment and staff in a safe environment.
“I need a method to support weak or balance deficient patients without using additional floor space or requiring additional staff.”
Suitable for any facility working with weakened or balance deficient patients
- Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
- Stroke Rehabilitation, Parkinson’s patients
- Head Injury, TBI and SCI patients, Amputee rehabilitation
- Orthopedic patients, especially total hip/knee, where a fall could be a major setback
Create a safe, supported ambulation environment without using
additional floor space or staff
The need is clear. Biodex FreeStep SAS is an overhead track and harness system that provides a safe ambulation environment for both therapist and patient. Without the fear of falling, patients can focus more fully on their tasks of gait and balance. Likewise, therapists can focus on assisting, rather than supporting. According to an article in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2009 May-Jun;63(3):351-62, a startling 62% of PTs and 56% of PTAs reported injury to the low back while assisting patients. And for stroke patients alone, as many as 39% were reported to have fallen during inpatient rehabilitation. Stroke, 1995;26:838-842
Custom Configuration – to suit your facility and need
Biodex FreeStep SAS can be custom configured to your facility, complementing the existing equipment floor plan. Install as a simple loop for continuous ambulation over stairs or through parallel bars, or add side branches for equipment-specific stations to include treadmill exercise or balance training.
Whatever material is behind your ceiling, FreeStep SAS can be installed… wood beam, steel or even concrete. Standard installation can support up to 750 lb per, or two 375 patients on one 8-foot track. The construction of FreeStep SAS allows multiple users performing varying exercises to benefit from supported ambulation without increasing PT attention. Therapists can treat high-risk patients one-on-one, without adding a second therapist to assist.