Recovery from surgery is a very dangerous time for anyone , but more so as we get older and in particular when recovering from a major procedure which could have involved a lot of blood loss, residual effects of anaesthesia, particularly when the body could have been starved of essential nutrients before the operation.
Anaesthetic itself is very injurious to our health and causes a lot of problems as it seffects can be devastating on their own. In recent years general anaesthetic has been replaced in may procedures by a local anaesthetic which is seen to be far less dangerous. Risk assesments of the patients are carried out to ensure their suitability to procedure.
In the elderly for example a HIP replacement is a common fracture which is very problematic as it involves dramatic loss of movement which has assocaited problems with post operative implications being possibility of thrombosis, respiratory infection, muscular wastage through imposure of bed rest. Skin breakdown and pressure wounds which will not granulate.
In effect when we start to stay in bed the body tends to close down, the person suddenly starts to develop urinary infections, a lot of pain relief tends to add to constipation, people feel rotten and so they don't eat or drink, then they become dehydrated and the whole package becomes a real mess.
Invasive procedures are avoided because they are seen as too much of a risk to the very elderly, very young or people in a weakened state already.
In the case of a hip replacement the patient can be rendered helpless and unable to help themselves for weeks or even months and then they have to learn to walk again, the stress this puts on their body sadly sometimes is too much and the patient deteriorates rapidly and a lot of this can be down to the fact that a person can be overcome by a massive surgical procedure.
The Wonder Strap can help to get a person mobile after their operation by enabling them to dress and visit the bathroom without bending and reaching for their lower garments. This also helps them to avoid a fall which at that stage could prove calamitous.
Research has dicovered that up to 40% of stroke survivors can suffer a serious fall perhaps within one year of stroke, MAINLY BECAUSE OF BALANCE PROBLEMS WHILE GETTING DRESSED. Stroke survivors are four times as likely as others to suffer a HIP FRACTURE during rehabilitation with all the knock on affects which accompany the problem.
Eating and toileting are a huge problem for elderly stroke survivors, men and women falls can be fatal to this group and must be avoided at all costs.
Avoiding slips, trips and broken hips is part of the Help the aged Preventing Falls programme.
The government launched its National Service Framework (NSF) for older people in 2001. STANDARD SIX OF THE NSF looks specifically at reducing the number of falls that result in serious injury. The National Health Service has implemented a range of measures which should include development of an integrated falls service. With falls today we see PREVENTION as infinitely preferable to CURE.
Whatever the cause of disability, dressing aids can be a life-transforming help to anyone facing difficulty with dressing. Tests show that the unique design of the Wonder Strap dressing aid makes it suitable in the widest variety of circumstances.