Mrs. J, a determined 69-year-old lady with Multiple Sclerosis, had developed a pressure ulcer on her sacrum. This was due to sitting in her wheelchair in the same position for long periods of time during the day.
She needed to be hoisted for carers to attend to her personal care. However, when the sling was inserted, the rim impacted her pressure ulcer and when being hoisted caused Mrs. J a lot of pain. This reached the point of her becoming very distressed and refusing care.
The OT inserted the sling and an 8”x 8” ¼” Gel Ovations SlingGel Protector with the assistance of a slide glove. This enabled Mr. J to tolerate being hoisted for personal care and help protect the skin during transfers.
With the care of District Nurses and the Care Team, the pressure ulcer healed. However, as the area was still vulnerable, they continued to use the gel pad to prevent any further pressure issues in this area and made Gel Ovations SlingGel protectors part of their daily pressure care regime.