Aim of the Clinical Field Research
Seating Matters collaborated with clinical staff, management and patients at Saint Camillus' Hospital in Limerick, Ireland to conduct a clinical field trial to identify the importance of suitable seating provision in reducing the incidence of falls, pressure injuries and manual handling. The research explored the quality of life of the clients as well as identifying the cost-saving benefits of utilising clinical seating in a hospital setting for clients with varying seating and postural needs.
Clinical Field Trial Overview
This clinical field research is the first of its kind to be carried out in a real-life hospital setting with voluntary participants. The success of this trial required involvement from all care staff including staff at a management level. Each client was individually assessed to ensure the correct prescription of seating was provided. The participants were observed for changes in falls, pressure injuries, pain/discomfort, time spent in bed and other notable changes.
A key aspect of the success of the research and the positive results that were achieved was the clinical training the staff of Saint Camillus’ Hospital received ahead of the seating intervention. The clinical training is ongoing in the facility and is fundamental to maintain a high level of patient care and enhanced clinical practice. The Seating Matters chairs have been researched intensively and clinically trialled for those who are elderly or have complex seating needs.