"If a person needs assistance with maintaining an upright position, what sitting angle should they be in?"
"If a person is at risk of pressure injuries, what degree of tilt should we use?"
We are often asked about the best degree of tilt to use for different patients. At Seating Matters, we look to the evidence and to research to inform our decision making and to influence the design of our chairs.
We continually conduct our own research and keep abreast of the latest research available within the clinical and academic world to incorporate into the design of our products.
We take evidence based practice very seriously. That's why we have developed 45° Tilt in Space on our Phoenix™ and Sorrento™ chairs.
Evidence shows that the optimum angle for an effective weight shift and therefore pressure management is between 30° and 45°. In this video Martin Tierney explains the importance of 45° tilt in managing pressure in seating.
When could I be using 45° Tilt for my patients?
- When they are immobile.
- For patients who have an existing pressure ulcer/pressure injury.
- For patients at high risk of developing a pressure ulcer/pressure injury.
The 45° Tilt option is available on Sorrento™ and Phoenix™ chairs and is already having a significant impact on the treatment of pressure injuries around the world.
To help clinicians record angles and to ensure compliance with angles required for specific patients, we have developed Angle Finder Kits for the Seating Matters chairs.