A Review of Standing Pivot Transfer/Sit to Stand Transfer Devices

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There are many different standing pivot patient lift transfer devices, each of which provide different levels of support and stability. Here is a review of a few that are on the market.

First what is a standing pivot transfer?

A standing pivot transfer is used to assist someone in moving from one surface to another such as wheelchair to bed, wheelchair to toilet, etc.  “Pivot” indicates that the person bears at least some weight on one or both legs and spins to move their bottom from one surface to another. A pivot transfer can be performed in both squatted and full standing positions and can be completed with anywhere from minimal assistance to total assistance from a caregiver or helper. 

Safety Sure Transfer Pivot Disc:   The SST Pivot Disc is designed for use by patients who are able to stand but cannot readily move their legs.  For maximum support and safety for both the patient and the helper, recommended that either a SST Belt or a SST Sling be used in conjunction with the SST Pivot Disc.

Safety Sure Transfer Pivot Disc

Retails:  $90.00

  • Easy to use with people with good postural control.
  • Portable. 
  • People with balance issues or poor postural control may feel unsafe and out of control on this disc. 


Etac Patient Transfer Turner:  This portable device allows caregivers to pivot transfer individuals without physical strain, thereby reducing the incidents of back injury. This is an ideal solution for someone who has difficulty getting up on their own, but has enough strength in their arms and legs to pull themselves up with great leverage. Etac Patient Transfer Turner does require a care giver and requires very little effort on the caregiver's part! Once the person is standing, the person can be rotated into a wheelchair or chair, or simply rotated to stand on their own away from the bed, toilet or chair.

Etac Patient Transfer Turner

Retail:  $516.00

  • Allows for patient to assist with transfers, maintaining strength and allowing for weight bearing.
  • Portable and easy to use.
  • Patients feel more secure then with a simple pivot transfer disc.
  • Will not work with people who cannot pull to stand or weight bear. 
    Etac Patient Transfer Turner video

Sit to stand lifts:  Sit to Stand Lifts are designed to assist caregivers in raising weight-bearing patients to a standing position without the need for manual lifting. Patients can also stand on the removable foot plate for easy transportation to other rooms or locations. The compact design provides caregivers and patients with easy access to confined spaces such as bathrooms, living spaces, and hallways. The Sit to Stand Lift is an ideal patient lift for caregivers to help patients with common task like toilet visits, hand washing, and changing clothes. Stand up lifts will reduce the incidences of slips, falls, and exertion injuries in your patients and staff alike.
Sit to stand lift.

Retail:  $3,400.00-$4,200.00

  • Allows for weight bearing.
  • Easy to use.
  • Requires patient assist which promotes strengthening and maintenance of skills in patient.
  • Can't be used with patients who cannot bear weight. 
  • Patient must require moderate assistance or less to use.
Sit to stand lift.
     Sit to stand lift video.

Easy Pivot Patient Lift by Rand Scot:

For a total assistance lift this is a great alternative to a traditional sling system patient lift.  This pivot patient lift is easier to set up with the client then putting a sling underneath them then hooking up the sling to the lift and allows for the benefit of weight bearing and easy cleaning and toileting/brief changing.

Retail price:  $4,100.00

  • Easy to use.
  • No electricity needed.
  • 330 weight capacity.
  • Gives full support, can be used with people with quadriplegia.
  • Allows for full weight bearing on lower extremities.
  • Allows for easy skin checks and pericare.
  • Transfers without putting weight on the ishial tuberosities (buttocks) where pressure sores often occur.
  • Cannot be used with people with knee/hip contractures.  Requires full extension of lower extremities (legs must straighten to almost full range.)

Easy pivot patient lift video.


DMR said...

Thank you for the video link to review sitting to standing transfers using the various new transfer devices and machine that are available .

Karen Koch said...

I'm glad you found it helpful. I figured unless your an occupational therapist or a physical therapist or someone in the field you probably wouldn't a standing pivot transfer by name.

Thank you for your comment.