Historically, pressure injury etiology has revolved around ischemic changes in the skin, and soft tissue. However, recent evidence has demonstrated that tissue deformation of the skin and soft tissue has earlier implications in pressure injury development versus just ischemia alone. The materials and design of seating components will directly impact a client’s skin and tissue health, posture and alignment as well as functional ability. This one-hour live lecture session will focus on a basic science of materials approach in the selection of appropriate wheelchair seating products.
Discussions will revolve around the advantages and limitations of seating solutions based upon scientific principles, design factors and how the materials choices are applied clinically to address the clients’ needs.
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
- Define Deep Tissue Injury according to the NPUAP staging guidelines
- Contrast two differences in the pathology of pressure injuries related to deformation versus ischemia.
- State at least 2 types of forces applied to a body depending on the type of material and design of a cushion.
- Recognize clinical significance of applied forces to the body related to the design and materials used in construction of seating components.
- Predict 3 aspects of how to apply clinical/best practice guidelines to achieve optimal pressure management and positioning outcomes with seating components.
About the Speaker
Tricia Garven, MPT, ATP is currently the Clinical Applications Manager for ROHO, Inc. Prior to working at ROHO, a division of the Permobil Group, Tricia specialized in neuro rehabilitation at Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation (BIR) in Dallas, Texas. While working at BIR, she gained extensive knowledge in the prescription and training of custom wheelchairs and seating. She also worked as the outpatient wheelchair seating clinic specialist. Now with ROHO, Tricia is presenting educational programs to therapists and DME providers regarding seating, positioning and pressure ulcer prevention. Tricia is an active member of RESNA, Clinician’s Task Force, and the APTA. Within the APTA, Tricia is a member of the Neurology Section as well on the nominating committee for the newly formed AT-SWM SIG.
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