4. Secondary Complications

Failure to appropriately and effectively manage an individual’s posture and pressure care needs can result in many secondary complications, including:

  • Pain and discomfort
  • Contractures and deformities
  • Poor physiological function
  • Deterioration in health
  • Reduced function and independence
  • Social isolation and limited opportunity for participation
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Death

It is imperative to identify the individuals at risk of difficulty achieving a good sitting posture so that management plans can be put in place to reduce the risk of the above complications occurring in the first place. When identifying those at risk we must consider those who either lack the physical ability to change position, lack the cognitive awareness to know that they need to change position, or lack the communication skills to convey that they need to change position. Prevention is the best form of management!

Our series of educational videos will guide you through the assessment and prescription of specialist seating, and offer useful hints and tips –keep a look out for the new videos being added.

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