Caregivers for dependent seated long-term care residents often attempt to control both pressure redistribution of a patient independently from the functionality of a positioning or rehabilitation chair or wheelchair. Medical professionals and seating specialists — particularly occupational, physical therapists and assistive technology professionals (ATPs) — order a custom-fit chair frame to handle positioning and functionality, and then they separately manage wound care or pressure redistribution by selecting cushions for seating.
This separation in prescribing for both clinical needs is part of the reason clinicians and specialists are skeptical of something like Comfort Tension Seating® (CTS), which is a pressure redistribution seating component that comes directly integrated into most of Broda’s chairs and wheelchairs. They see the seating straps that cover a Broda product looks very different from the cushions and seating systems that they are a custom to using. As with most things in life, looks can be deceiving.
In truth, the simple seating system combined with lack of excessive padding already integrated into the frame can lead to as good if not better patient outcomes and ease of care for a range of conditions, especially found in long-term care.