Description & Directions
"Move sideways 2 inches without using your arms."
Patient may move in their preferred direction or to stronger or less involved side. Use tape measure to ensure 2 inches of movement. Assign a score.
Lateral Scoot Scoring
|3||Verbal cues/increased time||Impulsive movement deemed unsafe, would require verbal cues to slow down.|
|2||Upper extremity support||Must use hand(s) to complete scoot, even on repeated attempt.|
|1||Needs assistance||Min A needed to complete the scoot.|
|0||Dependent||Requires total assist to scoot.|
Common questions about Lateral Scoot
- I had to provide cues for the patient to try a second time using their hands. On the second attempt, when using their hands, the patient successfully scooted. How to I score the patient? You provided cues (score = 3) but the patient had to use their hands to be successful (score = 2). You select the lower of the scores, a 2, to best reflect their need to use their hands.
Now you are familiar with all 14 of the FIST items.