- The person’s equipment should be assessed in order to rule out improper: use, setup, ergonomics, and/or fit, and/or equipment malfunctioning as the cause(s) or contributing factor(s) of the person’s pressure injury.
- Referral to an occupational therapist, physical therapist, or specialized seating clinic for a more thorough assessment should be considered.
- If issues relating to a person’s mobility and activities of daily living are identified, referral to an occupational therapist or a physical therapist is recommended.
An equipment evaluation includes an assessment of the person’s:
- bed or other support surface
- sporting equipment
- bathroom equipment
- transfer equipment and any other surface upon which the person sits or lies (e.g., vehicle seat, couch, etc.)
- foot rest/foot wear
- supports for maintaining equipment (e.g., hand check for proper air inflation of air cushions)
Assessment and Management of Pressure Injuries for the Interprofessional Team, Third Edition
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