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Robert Welton Clement arrived on March 25, 2014, fourth son to the family of my sister Jean and her husband Reuel. The birth was unexpectedly difficult, and Robert arrived looking like he might not survive – might, in fact, already be no longer living. But his heartbeat was there, even though he was not breathing. Eighteen agonizing minutes of emergency intervention and...
Optimal Positioning with Adaptive Seating for the Child with Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral Palsy is a result of abnormalities in the parts of the brain that control muscle movements. For children with cerebral palsy, their muscle control, coordination, and posture will be affected to varying degrees by this faulty development or damage to areas of their brain. Cerebral Palsy affects approximately three out of every 1,000 children, and symptoms can range from mild to severe physical...
The Importance of the Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Movement Today
Wendy Weaver, the Executive Director of the Association of Safe Patient Handling Professionals (ASPHP) was interviewed by Rifton's Lori Potts, PT, and spoke about the history of the Safe Patient Handling & Mobility movement. They discuss the founding of ASPHP and its important role in the healthcare sector today, carrying the Safe Patient Handling & Mobility movement forward into the future.
Stabilizing the Pelvis with the Rifton Pelvic Harness
Why do we need to stabilize the pelvis when sitting? To answer this, we need to understand hip and pelvis anatomy and the involved kinesiology. First, given the ball and socket nature of the hip joint, significant degrees of motion are available. The hip joint can move from being in a position of entire stability or “closed-packed” positioning to one of mobility, called the...
Tips & Advice
Finding funding for adaptive equipment that you know will vastly enrich and enhance your child or client’s life can be a challenge at times. We have tried to do something about this.
This resource page has been compiled to direct you to a few funding options. Links to three online guides provide information to families and clinicians to increase knowledge about adaptive equipment and assistive...
Early Intervention: Assistive Technology for Motor Intervention
Assistive technology (AT) is defined as any device which increases, maintains, or improves the functional capabilities of an individual with special needs. Providing AT for young children with disabilities makes a significant difference towards their long-term independence goals. In the early intervention setting, AT enables children to more fully integrate into their home, school, and community...
Prone Standers: Positioning for Health and Independence
Prolonged immobility in a seated or supine position can result in contractures, skeletal deformity, skin ulcers and decreased bone mineral density. It can cause deficits in the digestive, respiratory, and circulatory systems. This is especially true for children with special needs who have decreased muscle strength, balance and tone issues. Because they cannot move or stand independently, these children...
Safe Patient Handling and Movement
It is an exciting time in the field of rehabilitation. For people who have sustained a neurological injury such as a stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury there is now hope for regaining the ability to ambulate and sometimes even achieving a full recovery. In the past, a neurological injury was viewed as irreversible, and rehabilitation was focused on helping patients adapt and...
Safe Patient Handling and Movement
Early Mobility in the ICU and the Role of Therapists
Early mobility in the intensive care unit is a hot topic for therapists working in acute care. Recently, with help from the ICU nursing staff, therapists have been assisting patients out of bed and in exercise and mobility routines earlier during their recovery than previously thought possible. Why? Because a growing body of evidence is pointing to the...
Safe Patient Handling and Mobility
Physical and occupational therapists, though keenly cognizant of ergonomic issues, are still at risk for work-related musculoskeletal injuries.1,2 In fact, therapists may be more susceptible than others to this type of injury considering the nature of their work, involving repetitive and sustained forces for soft tissue treatment and lifting and transferring patients.3 Even when using careful body...