A day with OT29 November 2016
So today I went and shadowed in the OT department.
There are only two OT’s who work in Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, who are both male, a bit different from the female dominated profession at home. In the morning I stayed in the department in one of the clinics the one OT holds. I saw a variety of patients ranging from patients with skin grafts, burns, infections, Rett’s syndrome and muscular dystrophy. I learned about the role the OT has measuring for pressure garments for patients’ who have had skin grafts, and their role in burn care; pressure garments, creams, tape etc. One patient I saw had suffered from an infection, firstly he had used natural remedies to help and then the inflammation continued to increase and surgery was needed for the abscess’ formed. As a result the range of movement in his wrist and hand had been severely reduced. The OT had an infra-red massage tool that also encompassed some sensory stimulation to the area. The OT talked through sensory assessments and showed me different guidelines and assessments they follow and carry out.
The one patient we saw was a 3 year old girl with Rett’s syndrome, she was developmentally delayed for a child of her age and was hypersensitive to certain stimuli. After carrying out a sensory assessment we talked about how they are hoping to build a sensory stimulation room in the hospital for the OT department. Jane, the qualified OT, who is on placement here has been helping to design this new room.
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