Custom Molded Seating to Mitigate Pressure Injury Risk


Date: 3/19/20
Credit: .1 CEU
Presenter: Jill Sparacio, OTR/L, ATP/SMS, ABDA
Medical Terminology, ATP/SMS Prep Content, Intermediate



Custom molded seating is a widely used option for individuals who require external support in order to maintain an upright seated posture. In the past, it has been overlooked as an option for individuals with pressure injuries. As custom seating has evolved, there are more options to allow for off-loading, accommodation and protection of sites commonly associated with pressure injuries. Through the provision of either total contact or contact to key points of control (for postural benefit), custom molded seating can effectively reduce the risk of pressure injuries as well as allow healing to occur to current injuries. With the variety of seating and upholstery materials currently available, as well as different manufacturing approaches, different custom molded options will be discussed in order to match seating selections to case study scenarios.
Learning Outcomes:
The participant will be able to identify 3 client benefits when using custom molded seating.
The participant will be able to identify 5 factors which contribute to the development of pressure injuries.
The participant will be able to differentiate in 2 scenarios when to use total contact versus contact over key points of control in the provision of custom molded seating.
Jill is an Occupational Therapist in private practice with over 37 years experience. She provides occupational therapy services to children and adults with intellectual disabilities and medical fragility specializing in seating and wheeled mobility. Jill has presented extensively on the clinical applications of seating and wheeled mobility throughout North America and internationally. She is a member of the Clinician Task Force and has been actively involved in funding and delivery issues on the state and national levels. Jill is a co-author of the Seating/Wheeled Mobility Assessment that is used by many funding sources.