CRT Patient and Caregiver Summer Safety Tips

Week 4 Post 1

Children and adults using Complex Rehab Technology require unique considerations for their daily lives. Every patient deserves special treatment to meet their needs in the best way possible. NCART hopes to provide patients and their loved ones with information on federal and state issues regarding government control and assistance with CRT patients.  In today’s blog we would like to draw attention to the needs that must be met during summer. With temperatures rising and sun shining, it is important to keep smart summer habits in mind.

It may seem an obvious summer risk, but when someone is exposed to the sun for an extended period of time they can get sun burnt and suffer skin damage. An individual utilizing a manual or power wheelchair outdoors should be especially careful. When stationary in a chair, the same areas of skin are exposed at all times. Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed areas and sunglasses worn to protect the eyes.

The risk of dehydration increases in the summer any time more water is lost than consumed. Symptoms of dehydration are dry mouth, fatigue, fainting, and others. Be sure to drink water throughout the day and eat foods high in water concentration. If you are caring for a CRT patient, ensure they are well hydrated throughout the day as well.

CRT equipment can become hot under the sun and burn a patient using it. If the chair is under the sun at the pool, baseball field, or park, be sure to cover metal parts with a towel to prevent burning.

This summer we hope you and your family are able to get outdoors and make memories. Visit www.ncart.us to learn more about current issues and facts concerning CRT.