Skin check demo with assistance in bed | Pressure injuries & skin checks |Personal Support & Rehab

People with spinal cord injury (SCI) are at increased risk of developing pressure injuries throughout their lifetime. A key aspect of prevention is performing regular daily skin checks, however a gap in knowledge is apparent among both clinicians and people with spinal cord injuries on how exactly to perform them. This video was made to show how to perform skin checks with assistance for people with spinal cord injuries. In this video Julie and Mel demonstrate a skin check with assistance while Julie is lying in bed.

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Clinicians across the SCI-IEQCC Network from Parkwood Institute, Hamilton Regional Rehabilitation Centre, Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Center, Lyndhurst, Providence Care, and in partnership with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Cortree and persons with lived experiences, all contributed to this video development.

The project was led by a team at Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, Cortree including:

  • Sharol Cordner, Manager, Mediation and Training Services
  • Nancy Xia, Video Content Developer
  • Julie Watson, Peer Support Coordinator
  • Melanie Earl, Support Worker Melanie Earl
  • Marty Doupe, Learning Architect

Clinical Subject Matter experts that collaborated on this video include:

  • Andrea Chase, BSc. BMR(PT) Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
  • Jennifer Duley, MScPT; Hamilton Health Sciences Centre
  • Charlie Giurleo, B.Sc.OT; Parkwood Institute, St. Joseph’s Health Care London
  • Anna Kras-Dupuis, RN, MScN; Parkwood Institute, St. Joseph’s Health Care London
  • Anelina Ventre, MSc SLP (C); Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Lyndhurst Centre
  • Julianne Hong, BHSc; Parkwood Institute, St. Joseph’s Health Care London
  • Dalton Wolfe, PhD , Parkwood Institute, St. Joseph’s Health Care London

Feedback was gathered after each round of edits to ensure the content would meet the educational needs of persons with lived experience and rehabilitation staff. This collaboration allowed for the development of an open-source skin check video resource for both clinicians and persons with lived experience.

This video is in process of being integrated within patient skin check education of the various rehabilitation sites across Ontario, Canada. The video identifies key factors to consider when completing skin checks and also demonstrates the technique on how to complete skin checks independently and with assistance.

In this video, you will learn about key signs to look for when conducting your daily skin check. Pressure injuries (also called bedsores, decubitus ulcers, pressure sores or pressure ulcers) can seriously affect people who are living with a spinal cord injury and others who use wheelchairs for daily living.

Pressure injuries are skin and tissue damage. They are caused by sitting or lying too long on one part of the body. They can also be caused by pressure combined with shear. Shear is when the skin moves one way, and the tissue underneath moves the opposite way. This can happen when you slide down in bed or transfer your weight from one surface to another.

The deeper the injury is, the harder it is to treat. That’s why it is so important to try to prevent them. You, and those who help with your care, should always watch for signs of pressure injuries. Get them treated right away. If things aren’t getting better, be sure to consult a health care provider who can help you manage pressure injuries.

Some people might experience increased risk factors for developing pressure injuries such as:

  • Inadequate access to health care
  • Lack of mobility
  • Poor nutrition
  • History of pressure injury

Areas of skin breakdown can be a sign you may need to assess your strength, balance and posture, stretch and strengthen your muscles and joints. Moving more and making your transfers smoother can help protect your skin.

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