Purpose of Review: The purpose of this review was to (1) assess the factors related to the occurrence of pressure injuries in people with a spinal cord injury (SCI), (2) review methods of pressure injury prevention, and (3) examine compensatory technologies developed to promote in-seat movement to reduce the risk of pressure injuries. Recent Findings: Risk factors for seating-related pressure injuries are well documented, yet ulceration remains a daily concern for individuals with SCI. While prompts and alarms have been shown to be effective at increasing in-seat movement, the devices thus far were not designed for long-term use. Wheelchair users will benefit from continued development of novel technologies designed to help them self-manage pressure injury prevention. Summary: Optimized feedback about pressure and movement will help wheelchair users with SCI perform more effective movements to relieve pressure, perform movements more frequently and consistently, and maintain effective and frequent movement behaviors over time while feedback is available.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2016|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This publication was made possible by funding the National Institutes of Health (R21 AG050640-01).
© 2016, Springer Science + Business Media New York.
- Assistive technology
- Pressure ulcers
- Spinal cord injury
- Ulcer prevention
- Weight shifts
- Wheelchair users