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Stryker Medical Stair-Pro Model 6252
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Evacuation chair with stair climbing feature.
• Featuring the Stair-TREADô system, eliminates the need for lifting when transporting a patient down stairs.
• Maximum load is 400lbs.
 End UserCaregiverClinician
# Reviews101
Ease of use?4.0004.00
Meet expectations?5.0004.00
Overall Rating:
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Tim from Sussex UK submitted this review on March 13th 2004 at 04:37 PM. Tim is a clinician who has less than a month of experience with the product.
Strengths:This chair, like the Ibex Transeat, proved successful in trials with the Sussex Ambualnce Service, for the transportation of patients downstairs and was well received by most of the staff involved. The chair was described as robust and the carrying capacity was greater at 182 KG. Unlike the Ibex it was designed to be used either as a carry chair or, with the tracking deployed, as a stair chair therefore providing a single piece of equipment for both functions. There were a number of user-friendly features which set this chair apart from the Ibex, these included:

∑ a superior three piece strapping system to secure the patient and blankets in place
∑ a well designed upper control handle which could be extended to provide the operator with better ergonomics when wheeling on flat surfaces.
∑ the ability to lay the cardiac arrest victim down, against the deployed head hand holds whilst securely strapped into the chair, and perform CPR. (this feature provided a CPR platform not seen on any other design),
∑ A rear wheel braking system which provided a stable seat for the patient and freed up the second operative to provide patient care.
∑ Four-wheel manoeuvrability on flat ground.
Weaknesses:∑ Operators commented that the chair was heavy (5 kg heavier than our current carry chair, the Ferno Compact II).

However the chair could be easily wheeled to the patient and only required lifting up steps and stairs.
Ergonomic consideration had gone into the design and made carrying far easier and more comfortable than the Ibex.
The advantages of the chair far outweighed the increased weight of the unit

∑ The brake blocks protruded to the side from the rear wheels and caught on the stair tread as you tried to negotiate Ďkite windersí. This annoying feature meant that staff would carry the chair rather than being able to tip the chair on to one track to negotiate bends.

∑ Patients, particularly the elderly, found it very difficult to bend their legs back to put their feet on the foot rest.

Work is being carried out to provide an extended step to get over this.

∑ The foot end handles protruded creating a trip hazard, exacerbated by the black handles set against the yellow body distracting the casual observer from noticing them.

The recommendation would be to specify that the handles were colourer red or yellow to stand out to overcome this.
∑ The chair can be cumbersome to manoeuvre when used in confined spaces and becomes awkward to use.

This is a training issue related to good assessment of the space in which the unit is to be used. The chair in fact could be used in more confined spaces that the current carry chair when the carrying arms were left folded.

∑ The performance over surfaces outside properties was lamentable particularly when combined with a slope. The patient, if wheeled forward facing, could potentially destabilise the chair by shifting the centre of gravity forward towards the small front castors.

Staff were reminded to wheel the patients down slopes backwards.

∑ Loading into the saloon of the vehicle is difficult based on our current vehicle design but is not precluded under exceptional circumstances. Space between the side mounted ambulance seats and the trolley base is limited and the wheel arch interferes with the passage of the chair down the isle.
Comments:The Stryker Stair Pro provides a measurable reduction in manual handling operations particularly on straight sets of stairs whist providing the flexibility of a carry chair and the manoeuvrability of a wheelchair on flat surfaces. For this reason the HSE would view inactivity unfavourably for the UK ambulance market.

There is no obvious plan by Stryker to produce an upgraded version of this chair at the present time. Representation has be made to the company about the features that we found poor in their design but consideration has to be given to the size and distribution of the company and the market which impacts most on them, that of the American market. Should pressure be brought from that quarter changes would be more forthcoming.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 4 Overall
Mark from Lorain, Ohio submitted this review on February 16th 2004 at 08:31 PM. Mark is an end user who has less than a month of experience with the product.
Strengths:Going down is ten times easier not forcing you to lift the chair. This model allows you to just glide down the stairs along the treads. If one person gets tired you can easily stop the chair as well.

Going up now allows the lead person to walk up the stairs forward rather than going backwards up them. This greatly improves your cordination.
Weaknesses:Going up forces the person at bottom to use alot of strength in order to prevent the chair from hitting the heals of the lead person. If you don't hold the chair up high it could possibly trip the lead person.
Comments:Overal this is a good chair. Going down this chair scores a 5 out of 5. However going up is improved from the previous chairs it still needs some engineering imagination to help prevent the bottom person from straining their arms by lifting.
Durability?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in durabilityEase of use?This reviewer rated this product a 4 in ease of use
Meet expectations?This reviewer rated this product a 5 in Meet expectationsOverall Rating:This reviewer rated this product a 4 Overall


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