Literature about pressure focuses on prolonged periods of time spent in a sustained position while related research focuses on wheelchair seating and time spent in bed. Although wheelchair seating and time in bed may lead to the majority of pressure injuries, more obscure causes have also been found. These need to be brought to light to allow team members to identify causes and make optimal recommendations.
The reader will be able to define pressure injuries and causes.
The reader will be able to list 3 wheelchair specific contributors to pressure injuries.
The reader will be able to list 3 non-wheelchair CRT causes of pressure injuries.
The reader will be able to list 3 non-equipment related possible causes for pressure injuries.
Jillian Cacopardo is a physical therapist with over 15 years of experience working with individuals with complex seating and mobility needs. She is the Clinical Program Coordinator for Wheelchair Assessment Services at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a provider of complex medical care and rehabilitative services located in Wallingford, Connecticut. Her primary focus is on seating and wheeled mobility for the outpatient adult population. She is a member of the Clinician Task Force and Clinical Advisory Board for Sunrise Medical. She received her Bachelor of Health Science and her Master’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University. She lives with her family in Portland, Connecticut.