Medical equipment for orthopedics and occupational therapy
Orthopedics, occupational therapy, and patients with reduced mobility
Orthopedics is a discipline of medicine that deals with diseases and deformities affecting joints, bones, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Orthopedic surgeons diagnose and treat many musculoskeletal problems: scoliosis, osteoarthritis, sprains, fractures, herniated discs, dislocations, etc.
Occupational therapy is a medical discipline that focuses on rehabilitating people with motor problems. The occupational therapist evaluates the patient’s physical abilities and environment and sets up a rehabilitation program to promote autonomy and the resumption of daily activities.
People with reduced mobility and people with disabilities are among the patients regularly followed by orthopedists and occupational therapists. Due to aging or as a result of an illness or accident, these people have reduced mobility, either temporarily or permanently. Therefore, these patients spend a lot of time sitting or lying. As a result, they are likely to develop postural problems or pressure sores.
To remedy these problems, it is essential to provide them with orthopedic and occupational therapy medical equipment that helps them maintain proper posture.
In addition, medical equipment such as orthopedic cushions and pressure-relieving mattresses help reduce the risk of the patient developing a deformity or pressure ulcer.
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Prevent postural problems and pressure ulcers with orthopedic and occupational therapy medical equipment
Patients with mobility impairments spend many hours in a sitting position. However, not all chairs and wheelchairs are designed to maintain a sitting position for long periods. This can lead to the development of chronic postural problems in patients. Poor posture can lead to discomfort, spinal deformity, and joint contractures. Orthopedic seat cushions help reduce such issues, as they are designed to improve patient comfort and posture.
Sitting for long periods can also lead to pressure ulcers in patients with limited mobility. Continuous pressure on the ischium (the weight-bearing bones of the pelvis) is one cause of pressure ulcers when sitting. Friction and slippage, as well as heat and humidity, are other factors contributing to pressure ulcers. Orthopedic cushions help prevent pressure ulcers because they are designed to distribute pressure points better and dissipate heat. It is interesting to note that a low-cost orthopedic pad is not necessarily the most economical choice. Since pressure ulcers are expensive to treat, choosing a higher-quality cushion is often more economical in the long run.
Pressure ulcers, also known as “bed sores”, are often seen in bedridden patients. These wounds are an important problem affecting many patients with reduced mobility: bedridden patients, the elderly, and wheelchair users. Pressure ulcers diminish the quality of life of patients who suffer from them. They cause pain and can lead to infection. Their treatment also requires a lot of time and energy from the busy nursing staff. Prevention of these wounds is, therefore, an important issue. Orthopedic cushions and pressure-relieving mattresses are two pieces of orthopedic and occupational therapy equipment that help prevent pressure ulcers in patients with limited mobility.
Medical equipment for orthopedics and occupational therapy: orthopedic cushions
Several models of orthopedic cushions are available: the flat gel cushion, the cubic gel cushion, the ViscoConfort positioner, and the ViscoConfort positioner with gel. Each of these cushions has distinct characteristics, but their main objective is to provide optimal patient comfort and pressure relief. They are recommended for patients in wheelchairs and patients with reduced mobility who spend most of the day sitting.
These orthopedic cushions are available in various sizes to accommodate different types of seating. In addition, the flat gel cushion and ViscoConfort positioners are available in various thickness options. The ViscoConfort positioners also come with a cushion cover. This cover is offered as an option on the flat and cube cushions. All these medical equipment are manufactured in Quebec according to high-quality standards and have been rigorously tested to ensure reliability and durability.
Medical equipment for orthopedics and occupational therapy: pressure-reducing mattresses
Pressure-relieving mattresses are an orthopedic and occupational therapy medical devices used to prevent or treat pressure ulcers in bedridden patients. Treating pressure ulcers requires a lot of time and energy from medical staff. A pressure-redistributing mattress can prevent pressure ulcers, and the costs associated with treating them can be reduced. The Prevent II Elite mattress is a high-performance pressure redistribution mattress that reduces pressure on bony structures, including those in the heels and ankles, which are often affected by bed sores. Therefore, it is a recommended medical device for preventing pressure ulcers.
The Adapt Pro Elite mattress is an alternative pressure mattress system with low air loss. It is recommended for the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers. The Adapt Pro Elite mattress features patient sensing technology, automatically adjusting to the patient’s size to provide the best possible therapy. This mattress is designed to fit any hospital bed and can support patients up to 400 pounds.
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Other medical equipment for orthopedics and occupational therapy
Several other orthopedic and occupational therapy medical devices can be used to prevent the onset of postural problems in patients with reduced mobility or to support them in performing their daily tasks. For example, the IB-12 dynamic armrest is recommended for patients with mobility problems involving the arm or shoulder.
The Foster patient recliner is also an ergonomic chair designed to ensure patient comfort. It offers, among other things, integrated lumbar support, unlimited backrest tilt, a seat with molded foam, and rounded arm sleeves to optimize sitting and lifting.
To promote the independence of patients with limited mobility, it is also useful to install various mobility aids in bathrooms, bedrooms, and common areas.
HCP mobility aids can be used in healthcare facilities and home care. This product line includes bathroom seating, safety poles, grab bars, bed rails, and more. To create a stylish care environment where mobility aids are discreetly integrated into the décor, the Invisia collection is an attractive choice.