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Pressure Mapping: A Valuable Resource for Client Assessment & Education

Pressure Mapping: A Valuable Resource for Client Assessment & Education
Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS
March 26, 2012
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Introduction

We are going to talk today about pressure mapping.  Often therapists will have access to pressure mapping equipment in their clinic.  It is a fabulous resource to use, not only for custom equipment selection, but also to help with troubleshooting and client education. 

 If you do have access to pressure mapping in your clinic, that is great.  If you do not, there are a few resources you can utilize.  Manufacturer reps may have pressure mapping access.  The company ROHO often uses XSENSOR for their pressure mapping systems. Their website is www.xsensor.com.    If you contact your regional or local ROHO vender, they may be able to bring a pressure mapping system out for you to use.  If you have a client that you are concerned about, maybe they have experienced some pressure wounds, breakdown, or are status post flap surgery, you can also contact a local DME supplier.  They also may have access to pressure mapping systems as well.  In the event that you do have access to it, it is a great tool to use for multiple reasons that we will see here shortly, and again, if you do not have immediate access to it, you can oftentimes get access through the resources noted above. 

 

 


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Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS

Dr. Kirsten Davin is a veteran Occupational Therapist of nearly 20 years, with extensive experience in a variety of practice settings including inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, intensive care, and the Central Illinois Regional Burn Center. Since initially obtaining her bachelor’s in occupational therapy in 2001, followed by her post-professional OT Doctorate (OTD) in 2007, Kirsten has served not only as a clinician but also in the role of a clinical consultant specializing in product design and development. Kirsten has fabricated hundreds of splints within her acute care and clinical consulting career, many of which were custom fabricated and individually designed on a case-by-case basis. Her splinting experience ranges from a standard safe position and resting hand splints to highly intricate dynamic splints for the hand, wrist, lower extremities, and cervical spine, incorporating all varieties of materials and splinting medium.

For more than a decade, she has been best known for her live, national speaking tours, which to date have reached over 20,000 therapists in 46 states.  She has conducted thousands of educational events on the topics of seating/positioning, assistive technology, work-life balance, acute care/ICU rehabilitation, splint fabrication, orthotic application, and more. Dr. Davin is an engaging speaker who strives to make learning fun. 

 



Related Courses

Successful Static Splinting: Foundations, Part 1
Presented by Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS
Video
Course: #4768Level: Introductory1 Hour
Following a brief overview of the history of splint fabrication and the advances in the splinting and orthotics arena, an anatomical review of hand structures and landmarks will be performed. Types of splints as well as the variety in thermoplastic materials and characteristics will be presented in preparation for additional courses within this series. This course is Part 1 of a 4-part series on static splinting.

Successful Static Splinting: Forearm Based Splint Fabrication, Part 2
Presented by Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS
Video
Course: #4785Level: Intermediate1 Hour
In this course, types of pre-cut, pre-formed and sheet-based splint fabrication techniques are explored as well as a comparison between volar and dorsal-based approaches. A detailed demonstration of four types of forearm-based wrist orthotics are presented, including radial gutter/thumb spica splints, dorsal and volar wrist cock-ups, and functional position with an intrinsic plus modification option. This course is Part 2 of a 4-part series on static splinting.

Dynamic Splinting: Building the Foundation for Success, Part 1
Presented by Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS
Video
Course: #5044Level: Intermediate1 Hour
Following a brief anatomical review of hand structures in order to ensure understanding of the theory, purpose, and methods behind many dynamic splint designs, Dr. Davin offers a comparison of the qualities of static splinting as compared to dynamic splinting. An overview of various dynamic splinting options is introduced and serves to build foundational knowledge as it relates to dynamic splinting in preparation for upcoming courses within this series.

Dynamic Splinting: Splinting for Wrist Function, Part 2
Presented by Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS
Video
Course: #5045Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course offers a closer look at the world of dynamic splint fabrication and application via an examination of the methods associated with fabricating and/or implementing dynamic wrist splints to manage a client’s wrist-based range of motion, support, and joint protection needs.

Dynamic Splinting: Splinting for Elbow Function, Part 3
Presented by Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS
Video
Course: #5066Level: Intermediate1 Hour
This course reviews the world of dynamic splint fabrication and application via an examination of the methods associated with fabricating and/or implementing dynamic elbow splints to manage a client’s elbow and forearm-based range of motion, support, and joint protection needs. Custom and pre-fabricated designs are discussed and compared.