Monday, 21 November 2011

Coma and Positioning

In addition to appropriate stimulation that is administered by an authentic, registered and licensed occupational therapist, a person in a coma needs to be positioned correctly. 

What is the correct position? Well that depends on the nature of injury or illness that resulted in the person being in a coma. If there is a hemiplegia (paralysis of one side) the position is to normalise muscle tone and maintain range of movement. If there are fractures, the positioning becomes complicated but still important.

The point being that a comatosed person can not remain in one position for too long. Neither should the position be one that would result in either bed-sores or contractures developing. 

How do you know what position is best for the comatosed person?
If you are a lay person, you don't know, but you can learn from this post that the position is important and yet another reason to refer to a neuro-occupational therapist to evaluate the patient and teach both nursing staff and family what positoin is most effective when in a chair, what position when lying in bed. Where cushions should be placed, what to do to maintain the position of the feet for standing and walking and much more.

This post has been prepared for you by 

Shoshanah Shear
Occupational Therapist R, Healing Facilitor
Certified Infant Massage Instructor
Certififed Kallah Teacher

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