am not sure if it's my favorite toy, most certainly the problems they
caused (general idea was "Copyrights", but you couldn't help thinking
there was more to it) has changed my attitude towards it. It's still a
nice item to have and to use.
I bought my first complete system used for a
significantly lower Price. You can be lucky to get a Segufix on Ebay
nowadays, but most of the time it's not cheap. There are too many
people who want one. And I would recommend to think twice before buying
a used one. Most of the time the price for the used is very close to
the price for a new Segufix. And if you want a new one...well....ask
me. I can offer it.
I would like to describe the parts first
and then tell you how to use them.
All the belts are made of some kind
of webbing, just like the webbing that is used on shades. The belts are
about 1.8 inch wide and approx. 1/6th inch thick. All holes in the
are surrounded by metal, so there is no way they are going to tear out.
The hand- and ankle restraints are padded just like the thigh
so it is not likely you get any bruises. Can't be because otherwise
wouldn' use it in hospitals.
locks are a bit strange. In the
pins there is a groove at one end
in which two metalpieces fit that are in the lock.
Those metalpieces are so easy going that gravity alone lets the lock
you put the magnet on the
lock the two metalpieces are moved from the grooves to the side using
magnetic force. Now you can lift the lock together with the magnet from
the pin. If you start pulling to early (and thus pull the metalpieces
the pin) the small force of the magnet is not enough to move the
At every part of the belt where you might want to fit a pin the belt
is doubled layered. One layer is with the holes, the other one without.
When you want to fit a pin here you just slide it in between the two
so that it comes out through the hole. This way the pins don't fall
The magnet is nothing special, it's just a medium strong magnet. You
can use other magnets like from a magnetic pinwall or from a
loudspeaker. Due to problems concerning magnets and heart pacemakers
and due to problems with patients getting free with a spare magnet
(like from a pinwall) Segufix has changed the locks. They new ones have
four magnets, two or which are turned so that you have 2 southpoles and
2 northpoles facing the same way. That's not copied that easy with a
After looking at the parts I decided that it is about time to get to
the practical part. I attached the waist belt, the thigh restraint and
the foot restraints to the bed. Doing so you place the particular belt
around the sides of the bed or whatever you find appropiate and lock
with one of the locks at each side. I think you can imagine how that is
left of your legs and one
through the two loops right of your legs and
attach them to the lock
securing the whole belt to the bed.
(Note : the new Segufix thighrestraint is a bit different, it's not
such a fuzz. It's just two big cuffs sewn onto the wide belt).
Then I got onto the bed and started to lay the fetters on beginning
with the feet. I placed my ankles in the restraints and locked them.
other end of that belt can now be attached to the locks that keep the
belt to the bed. I chose to use a tighter attachment and placed the
of the restraints through the
of the other belt and attached them to the locks that keep that belt to
the bed. Doing so all you have left is a small bit of movement.
Definitivly no more than 2 inch. And that's fine, don't you think ?
(Note : to have even less movement I recommend using a
Segufix-Akut-Anklerestraint instead). Next I closed the thigh
Restraint. There is nothing much to
about that, you just take the belts attached to the middle of that
and lead them up between your legs. You then place one belt through the
Next thing you need to fasten is the
waist belt. This has got a quite wide belt (6,7 inch)
with which it is layed onto the bed and fastened to it. The end of that
belt is reduced to the size the other belts have got, so there is no
fastening that to the bed. Attach the shoulderharness to the mainbelt
by slipping it though the approbiate loops. Before you close the
waist belt you
should attach the additional belt to the shoulder harness. On one side
it is simply slipped onto the shoulder Harness by a loop. You place the
additional Belt around the bedstead and simply place it on the other
of your head. After that you place the two belts of the shoulder
harness over each
other and attach then together with the two ends of the waistbelt.
Next you fix the two other belts of the shoulder harness coming from
your arms to the pin that is located on your breast. Now you can also
secure the other side of the additional belt to the
harness by sliding it through a loop on one side of the shoulder
and pulling it towards the top of your bed and locking it there. (Note
: this is again the old version. The new version of the additional belt
is made of two belts. One for each shoulder.)
Afterwards you should secure the side
positioning straps. Those are two short belts that are fastened to a
on the side of the waistbelt .
The other end of those belts is locked together with the part of the
that is attached to the bed.
These sidebelts had been detachable in older versions, now they are
sewn on. There was some kind of problem with people not using them and
patients hanging at the waistbelt over the side of the bed.
This finishes the easy part. Now we have to secure the hands
From what I discovered there are a number of ossibilities. There is-
the loop to which the side straps are fastened- another one on each
of the waist belt. I am not sure what these are meant for, but you
use them to fasten your hands to. Bit of a uncomfortable position, but
it works. I guess the far more likely point to fasten your hands to are
the two loops on each side of the wide belt laying on the bed.
. You can see that on the
The question remaining is how do I get out when I closed the hand
? (All those of you who have got someone to strap you in do not need to
read this) And how do I close them anyway if I can't reach the pin ?
can only move the hands about 4 inches , there isn't more freedom here.
I thought about this a bit and I think I have found a solution that
is equally secure and easy.
You can attach the key to the loop where the side belt is attached
to the waistbelt ( I took a "Kabelbinder" for that. Not sure what's the
translation for that. I am talking about those plastic-straps that are
used to fasten some cables together. Other types of those are used as
too. The type I am using can be opened, quite in contrast to the normal
Then you secure one hand to the loop on the wide belt (you still have
got one hand left to do that). After that you take the last restraint
place it on the other wrist and lead the belt attched to the restraint
through the loop of the wide belt.
Then you take that belt and "throw" it over to where your other already
restrained hand is. You can only just get a grip on that belt since you
do not have more movement left. Now you turn the hand you are about to
restrain in such way that you can stick the pin on that restraint
one of the holes of the belt. Last thing to do is to place the lock on
the key (you attached that to the waistbelt). It will stay there, the
force is strong enough. Again you need to twist you wrist a bit to move
the restraint in such a way that you can stick the pin (which is
to the restraint) into the lock (which is attached to the key). When
have done that you need to slide the lock of the edge of the key. When
you try to pull the lock and the pin from the key the lock will stay
to the key, so you need to slide it away. And that concludes our
And now...well...nothing more. Try to get out of that. You won't be
able to. You are not supposed to anyway. Well of course you can....and
that's a bit of disillusion...but then again you want to get loose in
something happenes. Like the house is on fire or something like that. I
agree that not beeing able to get out is better, but you need a second
person for that. Or you might use the old key-in-the-iceblock method,
I don't like that.
To get loose again all you need to do is move your hand again in such
a way that you can place the lock on the key. Pull the restraint and
pin away from the lock and you're free again. This might need a little
practice but with a little exercise you can do this with 100%. You
need two or three attempts, but that's O.K. To be really on the secure
side you can attach a second key on the loop of the other side belt.
Possibly a even better idea is to use the Segufix 2204 restraint for the wrists. This is
thought to restrain wrists to the armrest of a wheelchair. These have
velcro on two parts. Just close it (using the velcro) on both wrists
and they will look like bracelets. Now open the outer velcro flap,
place it through the loop on the waistbelt and close it again. With the
other hand that's a bit more difficult, but you can use a normal
waistcuff to help you close the 2204. I know...it's both only velcro.
But it's surprisingly tough.
Yea, I can hear you asking..."..so much for the technicality, what
about the feeling ?"
I can only say : GREAT. You almost can't move your feet, neither your
legs. You can't turn. And you can't sit up. Depending on how tight you
made that additional belt you can lift a bit, but with a relatively
setting you can only get your shoulder about 4 inches up. And of course
your hands are useless.
I have tried several times to sleep tied up that way, but I didn't get
a good sleep. I
guess that's because I tend to move around in the bed a bit and with
configuration this simply isn't possible. When I'm doing a solo session
usually I unstrap myself after some hours. That's different of course
if it's no solo session.
I would have some thoughts about improvement though. Even if Segufix
most probably won't fulfil them. (Which they most probably won't do
I will not tell them my thoughts). I would like to use the waistbelt
You know something like wrists restraint to the waistbelt. That might
a bit like this one from Humane
or like one of these :
||This one has the wrists attached to the waist allowing no
||I think this is the best version since here you can adjust
between the wrist and the waist. You can restrain the arms right to the
waist or allow up to 12" of movement.
The second thought I have got is that the ankle-restraints should be
designed so that they may be attached to each other creating a hobble
the one above or like this one :
. You should be able to do something like this with the
which could look like this : .
The third thought I had is that the thigh-restraint should have
loops instead of the webbing-type it has got. Makes it easier to fit
belt through. That was a old thought of mine....now that Segufix has
changed the way the thigh restraint looks like it's fine. Even though
they didn't use my idea......