Instruction Guide Liko SupportVest, mod. 91

Instruction Guide Liko SupportVest, mod. 91
Liko SupportVest™, Mod. 91
Instruction Guide
Product Description
Liko SupportVest is a comfortable sit-to-stand vest
that is easy to use and requires relatively little individual adjustment. It is suitable for patients who require
a lot of assistance in standing, but are capable of
standing steadily on their own once they are up.
The SupportVest lifts around the back and under the
arms. The inside is lined with corduroy, which prevents the vest from sliding up on the body.
The Liko SupportVest is mainly intended for use in
combination with the Sabina sit-to-stand lift with the
350 Slingbar (narrow).
In combination with Sabina, the SupportVest form
a functional unit. For complete information and best
results, read the instruction guides for both products.
The Liko SupportVest is available in different sizes.
It is important to choose the correct size in order to
achieve the highest level of comfort and safety.
Waist Belt
The SupportVest is equipped with a waist belt that
keeps the vest in place around the upper body during
For a softer surface that distributes pressure more
evenly the SupportVest is equipped with a padding
liner of synthetic sheepskin. The vest can be used
with or without the padding, since the padding is
secured with a zipper and can be removed. Extra
paddings are available for replacement.
is a warning triangle used for situations which require extra care and attention.
In this document, the person being lifted is referred to as the patient and the person helping is referred to as the caregiver.
Read the instruction guide for both the sling and the lift being used. Instruction guides can be
downloaded, free of charge, at
Safety Instructions
Before lifting, keep the following points in mind:
• A responsible person within your organization should decide on a case-by-case basis whether one or more caregivers are needed.
•Ensure that the sling selected meets the patient’s needs with reference to model, size, fabric and design.
• For safety and hygiene reasons, use individual slings.
• Before lifting, plan the lifting operation so that it can be done as safely and smoothly as possible.
• Although Liko’s sling bars are equipped with safety latches, special caution must be exercised: Before the patient
is lifted from the underlying surface, but after the straps have been fully extended, make sure the straps are properly connected to the sling bar.
• The height to which the lift should proceed varies from person to person.
• Never leave a patient unattended during a lifting situation.
• Make sure that the wheels on the wheelchair, bed, gurney, etc., are locked during the lifting/transfer operation.
• Always work ergonomically.
Medical Device Class I
Liko SupportVest has been tested by an accredited testing institute and complies with all the requirements
for MDD Class I products and the harmonized EN ISO 10535 standard.
Liko is quality certified in accordance with ISO 9001 and its equivalent for the medical device industry, ISO 13485.
Liko is also certified in accordance with environmental standard ISO 14001.
Design and Quality by Liko in Sweden
Liko’s products undergo continuous development, which is why we reserve the right to make product changes
without prior notice. Contact your Liko representative for advice and information about product upgrades.
Lifting and transferring a patient always involves a certain risk. Read the instruction guide for both the lift
and lifting accessories before use. It is important to completely understand the contents of the instruction guide.
The equipment should be used only by trained personnel. Ensure that the lifting accessories are suitable
for the lift being used. Exercise care and caution during use. As a caregiver, you are always responsible
for the patient’s safety. You must be aware of the patient’s ability to handle the lifting situation.
Care and Maintenance
Check the sling regularly, especially after washing. Check the following points with regard to wear and damage:
• Fabric
• Straps
• Seams
• Suspension loops
• Buckle
Do not use damaged lifting accessories. If anything is unclear, please contact the manufacturer or supplier.
Washing instructions: See the sling’s product label.
Expected Life Time
The product has an expected life time of 1-5 years with normal use. Expected life time varies depending
on the fabric, use frequency, washing procedure, and weight carried.
Periodic Inspection
The product must be inspected at least once every 6 months. More frequent inspections might be required
if the product is used or washed more often than normal. See Liko’s protocol for Periodic Inspection
for the respective product.
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1. Outer strap loop
2. Inner strap loop
3. Outer vest
4. Product label
5. Serial number
6. Label: Periodic Inspection
7. Label: Individual marking (Belongs to)
8. Size marking
9. Waist belt with pads
10. Lower edge
11. Inner strap guide
12. Outer strap guide
13. Buckle
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Description of Waist Belt Function
The waist belt on the SupportVest is intended to hold the vest in place around the patient, but it is not intended to
be used lifting the patient or securing the patient in the vest. If the patient requires a waist belt for safety reasons,
we recommend changing to Liko SafetyVest or Liko ComfortVest.
Outer strap guide
Inner strap guide
The waist belt on the SupportVest is intended to hold
the vest in place around the patient, initially during
raising to an upright position.
During raising, the upper body always tends to become
somewhat narrower, causing the waist belt to slacken
and hang loose around the upper body. This is a natural
tendency and does not affect raising in any way.
If the waist belt is once again tightened after the
patient is raised to an upright position, remember to
slacken the tension before lowering the patient to
prevent excessive pressure on the waist belt when
the upper body expands.
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If it is difficult to regulate the waist belt because it is
wider than the patient’s waist, pass the buckle through
one or both of the strap guides, see illustration.
Description of Strap Loops Function
Outer Vest Strap Loops
The outer vest is equipped with two strap loops: outer
and inner strap loop, for maximum flexibility during use.
Generally, it is recommended that you use the inner
strap loop, so as to achieve a maximum upright position,
and also to make it possible for the patient to reach the
sling bar, in order to be able to participate in the raising.
The outer strap loop is used when the patient’s girth
so requires it, or if the patient is short in relation to the
height of the sling bar hooks on a Sabina.
In cases where the inner strap loop is used, we recommend that you also connect the outer strap loop to the
sling bar hook in order to have better visual control of
the straps.
Outer strap loop
Inner strap loop
Loop Clips
This practical accessory is used to mark the loops that
have been tried out for a certain person. It makes it
easier for the caregivers to choose the right loop to
attach to the sling bar.
Raising a Person with Active Lifting using Sabina and
Liko SupportVest
Place the vest behind the patient’s back with the
product label outwards. The lower edge of the vest
should be in level with the patient’s weist.
The patient’s arms must always be held outside
the vest to prevent the vest from sliding up.
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Adjust the waist belt gently to the girth of the patient’s
upper body. Fasten the waist belt’s buckle.
Determine which of the strap loops should be
connected to the sling bar’s hooks. Use the provided
Loop Clips to mark the loops. See page 4, ”Description
of Strap Loops Function”.
Position Sabina and adjust the width of the base, so
that the patient’s feet can be centred on the foot rest.
The lower legs should be parallel to the lower leg
support on the lift. Adjust the height and depth of the
support as needed for comfortable support below the
kneecaps. Fasten and tighten the calf strap around the
lower legs.
Now you are ready to connect the strap loops (which
you have tried out) to the sling bar’s hooks.
Raising: Operate the lift by pressing the up and
down buttons (two possible speeds). If possible, the
patient should be encouraged to participate actively
by grasping the sling bar and pull themselves up.
Tip: Note that it is easier for the patient to rise from
a seated to a standing position if he or she is sitting
relatively upright; i.e., the hip joints are at the same
level as, or preferably higher than, the knee joints.
Tip: In the event that the vest slides up during raising,
the patient can grasp the strap loops instead of grasping the sling bar. This will help to keep the vest in place
and provide good back support during raising.
We recommend that the patient lean the upper body
back somewhat, to compensate for weak muscles in
the lower body. This facilitates standing, enhances
comfort and prevents the vest from sliding upward.
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Fitting Advice
Adjustment to Achieve Highest Possible Raising
The maximum raising height can be adjusted as follows:
• Make an individual setting of the lifting height. See the instruction guide for Sabina.
• Select either the inner or the outer strap loop on the outer vest. See page 4, ”Description of Strap Loops Function”.
• Size of the vest. A smaller sized vest makes a higher raising possible.
Advice for Choosing Size
For maximum comfort, the soft/padding part of the vest should reach properly around the back and under the arms.
If the vest is too large, the patient may not be able to grasp the sling bar.
Alternative Sit-to-stand Vests
If the patient requires a waist belt for safety reasons, we recommend changing to Liko SafetyVest or Liko ComfortVest.
Replacing the Padding
The soft padding is secured with a zipper. The padding can be removed and washed if necessary. Replacement
paddings are available for purchase, see page 7.
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Accessories for Liko SupportVest
Sabina SeatStrap
Prod. No. 3591115
The SeatStrap is an accessory that facilitates the first part
of the raising motion. The SeatStrap is connected to a
SeatStrap SlingBar, which helps the patient move the seat
up when raising. In standing position, the SeatStrap can be
easily disconnected so that it is not in the way when, e.g.,
going to the toilet.
The SeatStrap requires a special accessory: SeatStrap
SlingBar (Prod. No. 2027006-07). Make sure to study the
instruction guide for the SeatStrap before use.
Extension Belt III
Prod. No. 3691107
If necessary, the waist belt of the SupportVest can be
extended using an Extension Belt. That will extend the
waist belt 7-48 cm (3-19 inch).
Padding for Vest Mod. 91 & 93
XL Prod.
red, 4 pcs
orange, 4 pcs
yellow, 4 pcs
blue, 4 pcs
black, 4 pcs
Loop Clips
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Overview Liko SupportVest, Mod. 91
Product Liko SupportVest
Liko SupportVest
Liko SupportVest
Liko SupportVest
Prod. No. 3591134
Size S Small
M Medium
L Large
XL Extra Large
Vest width cm (inch.)
A: 80 (31)
B: 130 (51)
200 kg (440 lbs)
A: 90 (35)
B: 140 (55)200 kg (440 lbs)
A: 105 (41) B: 155 (61)200 kg (440 lbs)
A: 120 (47) B: 160 (63)200 kg (440 lbs)
The SupportVest is intended for use only with Liko Sabina sit-to-stand lifts (different models available).
We recommend Sabina with Sabina 350 SlingBar (narrow).
Other Combinations
Combinations of accessories/products other than those recommended by Liko can result in risks for the safety
of the patient.
In those cases where another manufacturer recommends Liko’s accessories/products in combination with
their or others’ accessories/products, and the combinations are not approved by Liko, that manufacturer assumes
the responsibility for that combination. Liko then refers to the responsible manufacturer’s instruction guides
and recommendations concerning usage, maintenance, cleaning, checking and inspection of the combination
in order to fulfil the EN ISO 10535 requirements.
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¹For retained maximum load, lift/accessories intended for the same load or more are required.
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