This article was written in conjunction with the Sheffield SHINE charity and the PURSUN in Leeds to raise awareness about pressure ulcers.
All throughout life, I’ve been encouraged and trained to be independent despite being diagnosed with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus at birth. Independence is important to me. This pandemic has actually caused me to live at a higher level of independence, especially, in relation to self care and health care. Some wheelchair users prefer their own […]
Disability has a negative connotation that extends beyond its definition, which includes impairments, activity limits, and participation restrictions. Disabled people’s attitudes and the degree of social exclusion they experience are manifested in actions that vary greatly depending on the kind of impairment and various social, community, and familial factors. The impact of an individual’s position, […]
People with Disabilities have been fighting for their right to be heard, both in their own lives, as well as in the greater community. This fight continues to this day and I want to bring their voices and needs to the forefront. Having direct input in one’s life has a clear effect on overall health, […]
With foot deformities and insensate feet, Spina Bifida patients are at risk of foot skin breakdown, pressure ulcers, and osteomyelitis. Rarely, pressure ulcers progress to squamous cell carcinoma. Spina Bifida patients may require limb amputation for osteomyelitis, foot ulcers, and squamous cell carcinoma. There is concern that transtibial amputations would have poor functional outcomes in […]
Elevating legs occasionally Rest– Immediately rest the affected area as much as possible. Experts recommend 24 to 48 hours of no weight-bearing activities. Continued use of a moderate or severely sprained ankle can delay healing, increase pain, or even worsen the injury. With a mild sprain, activity is generally tolerated after 24 to 48 hours […]
The Fight Against Pressure Ulcers Lymphoedema Lymphoedema is a swelling often of your legs which is due to fluid collecting in the tissues under the skin. This can leave you prone to cellulitis and skin breakdown, and can interfere with independence as your legs get heavy and difficult to move. Ask your GP to arrange […]
Technology PICO is a canister-free, single-use, negative pressure wound therapy system consisting of a sterile pump and multi-layered adhesive dressings. Each dressing has 4 layers: a silicone adhesive wound contact layer, which is designed to minimise pain and damage during peel-back and to reduce lateral tension; an airlock layer for even distribution of pressure; an […]
MORE TIPS Skin ChecksSurfaces- Beware of pressure on pelvic bones depending on how you sit.Keep MovingIncreased Moisture Management because increased moisture could imply or result in heart failure.Nutrition STOP THE PRESSURE!!! http://www.legsmatter.org.
‘Prevention Tips’ Skin CareSensationHeat RegulationAbsorptionProtectionExcretionSecretion STOP THE PRESSURE!!! http://www.legsmatter.org