Welcome to ResQUp!
The ResQUp is intended for the specific purpose of making it possible for an individual to negotiate their way up to a chair height (generally ~18 inches). One of three methods usually works for most people. All three methods require minimal or no additional assistance from a caregiver;
- pushing themselves up using their hands (Illustration A),
- pushing themselves up using their elbows and legs (Illustration B), or
- climbing up on their hands and knees (Illustration C).
If you do not have sufficient upper body strength, you may not be able to lift yourself a height of 4½“ to the first level. In this case, you will need additional assistance from a caregiver.
- Physical Therapists significantly improve mobility to perform daily activities. Please consult a physical therapist or qualified healthcare professional if you have any questions about whether the ResQUp is an appropriate device for you to use.
The ResQUp SHOULD NOT be utilized if the fallen individual reports pain or if any injury is suspected. The ResQUp is designed to assist those with a NON-TRAUMATIC fall only.
- If any injury to the fallen is suspected, call 911 at the in-home setting. At the healthcare setting, the fallen should be attended and assessed per the facility’s healthcare policy or procedure.
- The ResQUp IS NOT intended to be used as a foot stool, or to be stood upon (Illustration D). Doing so may result in a fall and injury.
- The maximum patient weight limit of the is 300 lbs. Exceeding this limit may cause collapse of the unit and possible injury.
Product Features, Design and Construction
- The design of the ResQUp incorporates 3 horizontal levels to facilitate the patient’s ascent to a seating position with little or no assistance. The ResQUp is purposefully designed so that the patient’s shoulders are in the optimal position of strength during the ascent.
- Sloped leading edges on the ResQUp make ascending more comfortable for the patient and lessen shear forces on skin tissue and bone.
- The ResQUp is ergonomically designed to lessen shoulder, wrist, and hand strain and incorporates hand grips under the lateral edges of each horizontal level.
- Non-slip PORON® non-absorbing urethane pads are used to provide pressure relief and a padded gripping surface for hands along the lateral horizontal levels of the ResQUp.
- The ResQUp is composed of low-density polypropylene and is manufactured using rotational molding methods. The process results in a durable composite material yielding a maximum weight limit of 300 lbs while weighing only 15 lbs. When folded for storage, the ResQUp measures only 31” long by 11 ½ ” wide by 13 ½ “ high.
- The ResQUp is simply constructed using high-quality stainless steel self-locking fasteners that requires no regular maintenance or servicing.
- The ResQUp incorporates a patented design and is equipped with two inward-folding horizontal levels and a deployment system to reduce its storage “foot print” when not in use and to optimize portability and application when needed.
- The ResQUp conveniently folds into itself for easy storage. It is made of strong and lightweight material so that it can be carried by anyone who can safely lift 15 pounds
As a practicing Physical Therapist, Dr. Al Peraza has treated many physically challenged patients who expressed concerns about their inability to get up after a fall. Dr. Peraza would use boxes and stacked aerobic steps to assist and train patients about safe ways to get up from the floor. But finding boxes of the correct height took time away from patient care, and often the boxes were not sufficiently stable.
This situation was frustrating to Dr. Peraza and his patients alike. The idea for the ResQUp evolved from the specific plight of one of Dr. Peraza’s geriatric patients. The patient knew he was at risk of falling and was aware he would not have the strength to get up on his own to a seated position. And he didn’t want his wife to hurt herself in attempting to assist him up. Further his personal dignity would not allow him to rely on 911 services that would result in the police, ambulance, or fire truck responding to a non-traumatic fall.
Subsequently, Dr. Peraza researched equipment resources and consulted with several highly experienced clinicians but found no useful or practical tools that met his patients’ needs for getting up from the floor after a fall. He then developed the ResQUp concept and made the first working prototype available for use in demonstrations. Since then, with professional input and clinical testing, the product has been reworked and refined to its present form. The ResQUp is intended for the specific purpose of assisting a fallen individual up from the floor to a seated or standing position.
- The ResQUp is an essential tool for safe patient handling programs that minimize and/or prevent physical lifting of a patient, thereby reducing the risk of an injury.
- The ResQUp can be utilized by physical rehabilitation and therapeutic facilities (e.g.; acute hospital care, outpatient settings, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation hospitals, home health, and medical offices) to train patients in independent mobility from a fallen position and improve patient confidence in their mobility.
- The ResQUp can be utilized to improve patient range of motion and functional strengthening of patients in clinical settings.
- The ResQUp can be utilized by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to assist those who have fallen to the floor. Injury to EMS workers will be minimized or eliminated utilizing the ResQUp.