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Pressure Care

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OUTCOME 4 – Understand the use of materials, equipment and resources that are available when undertaking pressure are care.

Identify a range of aids or equipment used to relieve pressure.

Pressure relieving aids include, propad mattress/cushion or an airflow mattress/cushion can be used for individuals to sleep or sit on if they are not very mobile. For an individual with good mobility it is important that they move around often to help relieve pressure. For something with poor mobility or bed bound it is important that they are repositioned regularly to relieve pressure to different parts of the body using a slide sheet if required or stated in the individuals care plan.

Describe safe use of aids and equipment.

Firstly the individuals care plan should be read in order to identify any risks and which equipment or aids are in use. If an individual sleeps or sits on an airflow mattress or cushion these would have been initially installed by a trained professional. It is important that these are kept at the correct pressure for each individual’s needs which can be easily adjusted. Using a slide sheet to help reposition someone should be done by 2 carers or more if stated in the individuals care plan.

Identify where up to date information and support can be obtained about:

Materials
Up to date information on materials can be found on the internet. A Manager or senior member of staff, CQC or the provider of the materials. Equipment
Up to date information on equipment can be found on the internet. A Manager or senior member of staff, CQC or the provider of the equipment. The use of equipment is covered by the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998.

Resources
Up to date information on resources can be obtained from the resources provider.

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