Instructions for medi SAS® multi* shoulder abduction cushion
The following film will give you helpful tips on caring for patients with the abduction cushion, medi SAS multi.
Determine the correct size of your patient's forearm
- To determine the correct size, please measure the length of the patient's forearm from the elbow to the knuckles. The product is available for both the left and the right side as size Small for forearm lengths of up to 34 cm and as size Large for lengths of 35 cm and above.
- For postoperative use, the medi SAS multi is usually fitted to the patient while he is still in the operating theatre to avoid harmful movements of the operated shoulder when the patient is repositioned.
- This is possible with the patient lying on his side or on his back.
Instructions for medical staff:
- Before fitting the orthosis, first open the cover of the abduction cushion and the fasteners on the shoulder and waist belts.
- Now put the orthosis on the patient.
- Position the abduction cushion in slight internal rotation between the forearm and the hip.
- Place the patient's forearm in the open pouch and close the pouch above the hand and behind the elbow with the help of the Velcro fastener, so that the arm is held safely in the abduction cushion.
- Use the separate Velcro fastener to hold the pouch and pillow together for even more stability.
- Pass the long waist belt around the patient below the waist and secure it to the front of the cushion.
- Pass the shoulder strap over the patient's healthy shoulder and attach it to the end of the abduction cushion.
- Position the optional external rotation wedge on the medial side of the abduction cushion. The position of the wedge determines the angle.
- The orthosis can be further modified after surgery for more comfort in wear.
- An additional axilla strap can be attached for effective relief of the shoulder and neck region.
- The length of the shoulder strap is individually adjustable.
- You can also shorten the shoulder strap by removing the Y-fastener, cutting the strap to the desired length with scissors and then re-attaching the fastener.
- When adjusting the length of the shoulder strap, make sure that the arm and the forearm are resting against the side of the upper body at an angle of about 90°. Also make sure that the length of the shoulder strap allows the patient to keep his upper body straight and relaxed.
- Once the orthosis has been adjusted properly, the patient can put it on alone, also after the operation depending on the range of movement, whereby excessive strain on the operated shoulder should be avoided.
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