If you’re an OT that works with patients in remote locations, you’ll know how time consuming it can be to offer them the support they need. In extreme cases, the distances involved can even be prohibitive to accessing patients in need of help.
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With Worldwide Stop Pressure Ulcer Day taking place later this month, we thought we’d take a look at how some of the most common causes of pressure injuries might be avoided.
Remember, it’s always far better to avoid pressure injuries than to treat them. So don’t worry about being over-careful with your patients – you’re doing them a favour even if it feels like you’re fussing!
We’ve been talking a lot recently about how to help your patients get the most from their Recliners chairs, by using the footrest correctly or providing appropriate lumber support. Another really important element to be aware of is the best way to maintain and clean your patients’ chairs.
Unfortunately, obesity is a real problem in Wales with the latest statistics reporting that 24% of adults fall into this category. This means there every chance that an OT will find themselves dealing with a bariatric patient. The seating requirements for bariatric patients are different to other patients, so it is important to know what to look for. Here is a quick guide to the most important factors to help your patient remain comfortable and reduce the risk of injuries.
Patients who spend a large amount of time seated face the danger of kyphosis – forward curvature of the spine caused by slouching and poor posture. Long term effects of kyphosis include everything from temporary back pain and difficulties in breathing, to pressure injuries and long term muscular deformation.