208 bones: That’s what it takes to make a healthy human! However, quite alike most machinery, our bones too are susceptible to breaking. In such a painful event, one is left with no choice but to go for orthopedic treatment. There are various reasons why our bones break and one major reason is accidents. In the United States alone, there are more than one million cases of bone injuries due to car crashes and other road accidents. In Australia, this number is lesser but bone injuries remain an important reason behind physical impairment.
Thankfully, you and I can not only survive these injuries but also recover from them faster, thanks to some modern equipment! Read this article carefully to get in-depth help on the right set of equipment needed post orthopedic surgery, particularly if you have an elderly at home since people in their old age are more vulnerable to bone injuries, given their fragile bones and the toll aging takes on weight balancing and eyesight.
One of the most common equipment for faster recovery is the electric wheelchair. This equipment helps the victim to move around freely inside the house as well as outside. You don’t really need someone to push your chair all the time here as it is powered by a battery. With an electric wheelchair, you can climb up the slopes, come down and generally roam around in your garden and get fresh air. No need to put your feet down ( if your leg is injured) and stress your injured bone. To understand how an electric wheelchair works, visit website.
Bed sticks are devices that help patients in sitting or standing upright or just lying down. This equipment can also be used to transfer patients having grievous injuries. You can buy a bed stick and surprisingly, it only costs AUD 90. For more information, you could get in touch with a trusted equipment supplier.
Bedside commode chairs
Also known as Chair Commodes, these chairs have commodes built inside the mainframe. The patient needs only to sit on the chair for easing themselves and that’s that. With a bedside commode chair, they are spared an exhausting journey to the toilet and the risks involved with trying to sit on the seat. While this equipment doesn’t directly aid in a bone injury, it does certainly assist the patient in carrying out their daily essentials.
Preventing the patient from persistent strain, it helps them in recovering faster. If you are a caregiver, you should have this equipment in your home, clinic or care centre. These chairs are lightweight, transportable, and easily adjustable. The toilet pan is removable and can be cleaned easily by the carers.
Walking Frames or Walkers
A walking frame helps disabled people walk easily without losing their balance. This device consists of four legs that are spaced out in a manner that the walker doesn’t lose their balance. Walking frames are made of lightweight materials like aluminum, so carrying them from one place to another is quite easy. Most walking frames that you see in homes or in clinics have just four legs. These days, you can buy frames that have wheels too. This way, the patient doesn’t have to lift his device at all. All he needs to do is just nudge it forward. Walking frames aren’t expensive at all, and you can have the basic walking frame models for as low as AUD 90.
If your patient is immobile and needs sensitive care, then having a slide sheet is a great idea. This device consists of two sheets placed one over the other. The top sheet slides against the lower one and is used to shift the patient sideways, forward or backward.
Some patients can develop bedsores by lying in bed for a long period. A mattress overlay prevents that by distributing pressure evenly. It also regulates temperature so the patient remains comfortable while lying on the mattress.
We hope this article helps you understand the various equipments that may assist a patient recovering from orthopedic surgery.