Equipment manufacturer Theraposture is using education as a means of reaching more healthcare professionals with its latest care cot design.
The firm enlisted the services of in-house OT Shaun Masters at the recent Kidz to Adultz show where he delivered a CPD seminar on techniques and equipment.
The Kidz South exhibition once again provided the opportunity for therapists, carers and families to see and experience the latest products and services for disabled children and young adults.
There was a range of seminars at the event focusing on different topics vital to everyday professional practice. Master’s session was the first to be focused on care cots and he is planning further associated topics in the future.
His session, entitled: ‘Becoming confident in prescribing cot beds for better sleep hygiene, client care and moving and handling’, explored the many aspects to consider when specifying beds for maximum occupation.
Masters highlighted the difficulties faced with prescribing paediatric sleeping solutions and discussed the wider implications on health and day-to-day function while examining our nature to care for others.
Topics also featured future proofing for a child’s needs as they develop and how this has an impact on parent and carer capabilities.
Over 75 OTs attended the seminar to listen about Master’s experience as a fellow healthcare professional in terms of choosing future-proofed solutions.
He explained that the cheapest cot is not always the best choice for long term value and durability and a fully modular design gives flexibility for future or varying needs. This subsequently reduces equipment wastage and maximises budget expenditure both in the public and private sector.
Other key areas that Masters illustrated at Kidz South included legislation regarding safe working heights and entrapment risks – both factors that can be misunderstood or overlooked.
He explained the important of selecting cots that fully conform to British Standard BSEN60601-2-52 regarding safe working heights.