Alan, a 41-year-old male, who was unable to sit unaided and suffered from low blood oxygen saturation along with a reoccuring history of respiratory infections
Alan did not have a chair that met his seating and postural needs and accommodated his weight
Alan's caregivers reported that Alan spent most of his day in bed because he was too weak to transfer and there was a high risk to staff and patients both during transfers as no suitable chairs were available
When Alan sat in a more upright position in bed, he fatigued easily due to lack of postural support and could not tolerate this position for very long. Due to his minimal position change from day to day, he was developing red areas on his skin. He repeatedly show low blood oxygen saturation.
Alan had also contacted multiple respiratory infections due to his inactivity in inability to sit upright for prolonged periods of time.
During the assessment it was decided that Alan would trial the Bariatric Sorrento™ chair. The removable arms made it possible to complete a safe transfer with Alan, after which the chair was adjusted to a tilted position. The initial position was familiar as it was close to the position Alan maintained in bed.
The Sorrento™ chair has a waterfall back with three back cushions. The third lumbar cushion on the Bariatric Sorrento™ was removed to allow Alan to sit right back into the chair and gain support for his upper back. This was a challenge before due to a pronounced gluteal shelf.
Alan was pleased to be able to sit out securely. The special features of the Bariatric Sorrento™ meant that his back, feet and legs were properly supported increasing Alan's comfort and security in the chair.
Sitting out improved Alan's breathing and he felt his quality of life and his mood improved when he was able to get out of bed and interact with others from a seated position. The motorised feature of the chair gave Alan some control over his own position. This was very important to him
For bariatric patients with low mobility and extended stays in bed, the Bariatric Sorrento is a tilt in space, fully motorized chair that can accommodate the varying body shapes and support patients up to 650lbs, reducing the risk of injury for both the patient and caregiver.
After a few weeks, the caregiver attempted standing transfers. This was significantly aided by the negative angle leg rest, helping him to get his feet into a position that would give him a safe, stable base when he reached the standing position. The caregivers were then able to use the anterior tilt to assist Alan to standing
After progression, Alan was then able to perform a standing transfer when returning to bed with the assistance of caregivers. However, significantly reduced assistance to prior using the Bariatric Sorrento™.
Alan reported feeling stronger as he was able to for up to 7 or 8 hours per day comfortably in conjunction with regular position changes and weight shifts. Due to being able to sit out he was able to join in any common areas.
The redness in Alan's skin disappeared due to better redistribution of pressure and frequent changes in position using the tilt in space feature on the chair.
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