Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Misconceptions in Wound Care

Webinar Topic: Wheelchair Seating

Speaker: Ana Endsjo, MOTR/L, CLT

CE Credit(s): 1.0

Length: 60 minutes

Price: 10

Webinar Description:
Wound care from the bed level is a subject matter well studied by many physicians and nurses to understand best practice in the treatment and prevention of pressure injuries. However, we as health care providers often overlook the critical role that proper seating and positioning at the wheelchair level plays in ensuring that the principles of wound treatment and prevention are carried over to the seated posture. When we fail to understand the link between bedside treatment and treatment from the wheelchair level, our hard-fought efforts to treat a wound bedside can be reversed with just a few hours in the wheelchair system. 

Take the first steps to better understanding the importance of a proper wheelchair system in wound care. In this 1-hour webinar we will clear up common misconceptions of seating and positioning that increases the susceptibility to pressure injury and falls from the wheelchair level. After this course, you will be well informed on basic seating and positioning principles to better prescribe the appropriate wheelchair model, cushion, and back support to help minimize the risk of development or recurrence of a pressure injury, and assist in healing existing wounds through the appropriate equipment choices for the seated posture. 

About the Speaker:
Ana has worked as an occupational therapist since 2001 in a variety of treatment settings.She has mainly worked with the geriatric population, dedicated to the betterment of the treatment of the elderly in LTC centers. Her focus has been on seating and positioning and contracture management of the nursing home resident. With this experience, her hope is to guide other therapists, rehab directors, nurses, and administrators through educational guides, blogs, webinars, and live courses in her role as Comfort Company's Clinical Education Manager for the long term care division.

Webinar Learning Objectives:
1) Name one reason why the K0001-K0003 manual wheelchair models can contribute to the development of a pressure injury. 
2) Name two reasons why elevating leg rests on a manual wheelchair can contribute to a pressure injury.
3) Name one reason why understanding seat-to-back angle can help minimize the risk of a pressure injury on the pelvis and/or spine. 

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