The platform transfer splint: 2 case reports of a mobility aide for persons with arm injuries or conditions

Karen J. Kowalske, Katherine T. Walsh, Katherine V. Ringler

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Abstract

Limited or impaired mobility is a major obstacle to maximizing length of stay efficiency for inpatient rehabilitation. Trauma patients and others with multiple limb impairments present a mobility challenge to all rehabilitation centers. Of particular concern are patients with forearm fractures who are nonambulatory. With shorter inpatient stays, patients are being discharged home or to other settings with continued weight-bearing restrictions. These patients put great demands on their caregivers as a result of their limited mobility. The Platform Transfer Splint (PTS) has been developed to overcome limitations seen in this patient population. It is an upper extremity splint that allows weight bearing through the humerus for patients with impairments of the forearm or hand. With use of the PTS, patients can become independent in transfers and wheelchair propulsion. Two case studies are presented to show the impact of the PTS on patient mobility and discharge disposition. Fabrication of the splint is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-289
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of physical medicine and rehabilitation
Volume82
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

Keywords

  • Activities of daily living
  • Arm
  • Beds
  • Rehabilitation
  • Splints
  • Wheelchairs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation

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