Shawn Fluke, a quadriplegic, shares how he prevents getting pressure sores during the day and at night.
Prevention During The Day While In Wheelchair
Shawn states while he is at home he does not have to worry about relieving pressure from his body because he is constantly transferring in and out of his wheelchair. He takes breaks from working on his computer to transfer onto the couch to change his body position.
“Every time you are transferring and shifting your weight, changing position, you are moving pressure points and just changing how your body is sitting. (Transferring) will help you prevent from getting those sores.”
If Shawn is out and about during the day he tries to transfer as much as possible. For example, he transfers into the driver’s seat of his vehicle. He tries to transfer every one to two hours, but if he is not able to Shawn will do some kind of pressure release.
Jump to 1:20 in the video to see Shawn demonstrate how he relieves pressure from his bottom and back. The majority of Shawn’s technique of pressure relief is leaning forward over his knees in his wheelchair. Then pushing through his arms on his wheelchair frame and other surfaces to release pressure from his bottom.
Prevention During The Night While Laying In Bed
Shawn says he tries to shift positions every few hours while laying in bed. He starts out by laying flat on his back for four to five hours. He then will bring his legs up to his chest hooking his arm under his knees and moving them to where his knees are pointed to the left. He lays on his left hip for a few hours and then moves to his right hip using the same method for his legs. After a couple hours Shawn repositions to his left hip. Go to 3:00 in the video to see Shawn demonstrate how he changes positions in bed.
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