Gavin has a C4-5-6 complete spinal cord injury, ABI, weighs more than 130 kg, and has chronic pressure ulcers. Gavin was hospitalized every five weeks due to pressure ulcers. This led to periods of depression.
The staff had low confidence in assisting Gavin to move in bed. There were multiple work cover claims even though different equipment was trialed. Some equipment was not appropriate as it required too much strength from staff; other aids were unable to handle Gavin’s weight. Other times, Gavin found the equipment uncomfortable and it was not effective in distributing the pressure.
The situation had led to Gavin not feeling safe in his routine which meant that he was often in a bad mood. The relationship between Gavin and the staff was strained. The morning routine was stressful for both parties. At the same time, the costs were spiraling and the cost of pressure ulcer treatments were significant.
The implementation of VENDLET meant the following to patient, staff and costs:
Arnold, F, 2012: The Man Who Wont Roll - A Case study