Pressure management is a high priority for clients with a Spinal Cord Injury
Knowledge of pressure injury risk factors, risk assessment tools and common locations of pressure areas assists the investigation of pressure related seating problems
A detailed seating assessment to address pressure management is warranted if the client has a current or recurrent sitting acquired pressure injury, or if a client requires a new seating and mobility system
Consider the client’s ‘size’, ‘shape’ and functional abilities in comparison to the current seating and wheeled mobility system in recognition of pressure related issues and intervene accordingly
Posture, pressure, functional capability and client comfort are interrelated aspects of seating
The seating system will not eliminate pressure all together, weight-shift (relief strategies) are an integral consideration.
Consult with a Spinal Seating Service and relevant professionals for support or joint consultation as required.