Safety Vest Crossover
- Important Information
The Safety Vest is made in two materials. The vented material is cooler but some patients may pick at the ventilation holes. The Polyester material does not have ventilation holes and therefore is a stronger material.
As the vest crosses over at the front, the large size can reduce down in size to be small. The patient’s weight to size ratio can vary a lot. They can be very tall but very thin around the chest and hips and another very short patient can have a very large chest and hips. Sometimes a small vest is used on a tall patient and the large vest on a short patient. It may be necessary to trial the two sizes on some patients.
Fitting & Application Instructions
Put the vest on the patient with the crossover at the front. Thread the webbing from one side through to loops on the other side of the vest. The webbing is then wrapped around the rear chair legs at the pelvic area, before fastening together and adjusting to size. The webbing is long enough for large chairs and to use in bed. On wheelchairs and smaller chairs, wrap the webbing around the pelvic area and take it across to the opposite side of the chair. The webbing should be tight enough to allow a flat hand to be placed between the webbing and the patient. If it is too loose, the patient could reposition themselves off the chair and into a dangerous position that could injure or kill them. A jumper or cardigan can be worn over the vest to look more discreet.
For Chair Use
Wrap the straps around the chair frame on both sides at the pelvic position. The straps are long enough for a large reclining chair or for use in a bed. When used on a wheelchair the surplus webbing can be wrapped around the rear of the chair to make it shorter. The buckle can be easily adjusted for size after fastening.
If a patient tries to walk off, still attached to the chair, the straps could be wound around a hand rail or another permanent fixture.
Another item which is an accessory to the Safety Vest is the Safety Vest Shoulder Straps. This webbing belt is fitted around the back of the chair passing through the two loops sewn inside the Vest by the shoulder. This may help patients who bend forward and are unable to sit upright. Do not use the shoulder straps in bed.
Please see the Important Information tab which includes General Public Restraint Authorisation information.
Wash up to 80°C (176°F). Air or tumble dry on a cool setting, ensuring the drum is cool. Ensure the product is dry before using or storing. Do not iron. Do up buckles to reduce the chance of damage. Always inspect for tears or broken buckles after washing.
Only use a Safety Belt or Restraint if all other alternatives have been tried. Ensure Restraint Authorisation has been obtained. Restrained patients should be kept under observation, as their behaviour may alter and another Restraint may be more appropriate. Restraints are a prescribed item. The wrong Restraint or the correct Restraint incorrectly fitted can cause injury or death.
Restraints are a prescribed item. Care Facilities such as Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Aged Care Facilities etc., may order this item. For private sales to a family member, written authorisation is needed from a qualified therapist or medical doctor, approving the use of the correct Restraint for the patient's current condition. Remember if the patient's condition changes, then a different type of Restraint may be required. It is necessary to ensure the family are aware of the proper use of Restraints, as these can be dangerous if not used correctly.
General Public Restraint Authorisation Letter: Because this product is a restraint, we require authorisation from an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist, Clinical Nurse Manager, Registered Nurse, Doctor, or other suitably qualified person, to ensure it will be used correctly and safely by the family and/or carers. This letter is not required when we send restraints to aged care facilities or hospitals because their staff are already trained in their safe use.
Click here to print the letter template, and please return a copy to us when ordering.
Which material is stronger and why have two types?
Some people prefer a vented material, some people prefer a polyester material. The vented material is cooler but from testing we have done, it is not as strong as the polyester. Although it is not as strong, both types are suitable for the design of this item.