Quadriplegia is a term used to indicate loss of function in all four limbs. It is also sometimes referred to as tetraplegia. The reasons behind most cases of quadriplegia are spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, or a stroke. In the case of spinal cord injuries, the amount of damage depends upon the part of the spinal cord that is injured and the level of injury. People with quadriplegia may not be able to move any part below the neck or sometimes even the neck. In some cases, people with spinal cord injuries can move their arms but they cannot control them. In that case, spinal cord injury adaptive equipment is used. HPFY brings to you a range of products to ease routine tasks from quality manufacturers like Coloplast, Bard, Essential Medical, and many more at the best prices.
Proper patient care with the use of adaptive equipment for quadriplegics helps prevent any further injury and promotes the best possible patient outcome. The critical areas caregivers should focus on include:
Loss of Bladder and Bowel Control: Injuries to the brain and spine can be devastating because it impairs the sensation and movement in the whole body. The bladder and bowel movements are controlled by the spinal cord. After an injury, the patient might get urinary or fecal incontinence or constipation. If left untreated it may lead to urinary tract infections which may prove to be fatal sometimes. To control incontinence issues catheters like Coloplast Self-Cath Closed System Intermittent Catheter and many more can be used along with Reusable Underpads.
Pressure Sores: In people with immobility issues pressure sores can be a problem as they cannot shift their body weight on their own. If left untreated these can get infected leading to serious complications. Special mattresses or cushions can help prevent pressure sores. Also, woundcare bandages and wound dressings are available for the same.
Blood Clots: Blood circulation might be impaired in people who are immobile. This can cause blockage in veins or arteries which can prove to be fatal conditions. The doctor may prescribe certain medications including blood thinners. You may also consider wearing a support hose for light compression to improve circulation.
Respiratory Problems: Spinal cord injury can also cause respiratory problems as the diaphragm can get paralyzed which may lead to respiratory problems. The patient might require a ventilator or an oxygen concentrator to breathe. But this is not necessary in all cases.
Autonomic Dysreflexia: In people with spinal cord injury above the mid-chest an irritation or pain may occur which results in a nerve signal that disrupts all the body functions. This condition is called Autonomic dysreflexia. It is a fatal condition as it may pose a risk of stroke.
When using assistive devices for spinal cord injury patients be sure to consult your healthcare professional before opting for any treatment method. Conditions can get critical with the slightest of neglect.
HPFY offers a wide variety of products to offer protection and care to quadriplegic patients. Find here incontinence care products, wound care supplies, respiratory care products, compression therapy supplies, rehab and therapy products, and a lot more from the best manufacturers in the industry including Drive Medical, Enabling Devices, Attends Healthcare Products, Coloplast, and many more.
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