PureWick Use, Warnings, & Precautions – PSA

PureWick Use, Warnings, & Precautions for OT UPDATE: I have been seeing more of this happening at my work. As mentioned by the manufacturer: "Do not use with bedpan or any material that does allow for sufficient airflow". Mesh type...
Hide the cones, hide the rings, and all the preparatory things. AOTA had an interesting post about Cody LaRue, MS, OTR/L, who was inspired to institute a new practice called "Functional Fridays" at his facility in Petersburg, VA. “Our emphasis is...
So your patient has one upper extremity, or even worse, bilateral non-weightbearing precautions, likely due to distal radius fracture(s). Does this mean OT cannot do any activities with them? Is everything not attempted for safety in your initial evaluation? In...

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a chronic pain that usually affects an arm or a leg. Typically develops after an injury including fractures, sprains/strains, soft tissue injury (burns, cuts, or bruises), limb immobilization, surgery, or medical procedures such...

PRAFO Boot Uses

PRAFO - Pressure Relief Ankle Foot Orthosis Worn on the calf and foot similar to a boot Used for patient's who spend a significant amount of time in bed Prevents pressure ulcers from developing on the back of the...

Slide Board Transfer Tips & Tricks

The slide board can be a very useful device for a wide range of patient populations. While typically used for paraplegia or wheelchair dependent patients, I have seen them used for orthopedics with non-weightbearing precautions, generalized weakness, encephalopathy, and...

Airplane Transfer (Depression Scoot)

Sometimes, a slide board transfer may not be the safest option between surfaces. A patient may poor awareness of the board, have low confidence in their abilities, or a slide board may simply not be available. Another transfer you can...
Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I will take notice of the many positive things this day has to offer. I live in the present and am confident about the future. I...
Home modifications can benefit patients of all ages and health conditions. As the population of older adults continues to grow and "age in place", home modification interventions are becoming more important to prevent injury in the home. Considerations: Fall risk...
Risks: Limited mobility (and inability to reposition) Loss of sensation Previous pressure injuries Cognitive impairment Nutritional deficiency Skin assessment: Skin integrity Color changes Variations in heat, firmness, moisture Prevention & Management: Pressure redistribution devices Repositioning Barrier creams Floating heels Patient education ...