24-hour posture and pressure management for Occupational Therapists
When we look at postural management, we need to consider a person’s posture over a 24-hour period, including where they sleep, sit, stand, and walk.
Most of the time service users who require support with their posture will have limited mobility and spend a large amount of time in sitting or lying positions. When looking to provide intervention for seating, there needs to be consideration of the person's posture when they will not be using that seating - for example in bed or when using the toilet or shower. The effectiveness of intervention in just one area of posture will be limited unless all other areas are included.
This succinct and yet substantial guide details what 24-hour posture and pressure management is and how it is relevant to occupational therapists. It further underlines why clinical reasoning is essential in terms of its purpose, benefits, and application in the real world of prescribers and authorisers.
You can read this guide cover to cover or you can look up specific chapters to give you details on a specific subject related to the practice of OT’s in 24-hour posture management. At the back of the booklet, you will find some examples of models of practice, assessment documentation, and models of clinical justification. You can use these as they are or adapt them for your own style or service.