BS, PTA, CLT-LANA, CI, ASTYM
The Benefits of Using a Pressure Monitor
Friday, May 3, 10:50am – 11:10am
Garments, bandages, and alternatives to wrapping each create different pressures and degrees of containment. Not knowing the actual amount of pressure applied to the skin to facilitate fluid reduction can slow or even stop a patient’s progress. The Juzo pressure monitor is an important tool that objectifies pressures by measuring exactly how much gradient compression is achieved every time you wrap a patient or use an alternative to wrapping. This workshop will demonstrate the use of the Pressure Monitor and explain how to use the valuable information it provides to determine which garments will help your patients’ progress more effectively.
- Explain the importance of consistent gradient compression when applying compression bandages, garments, or alternatives to wrapping.
- Describe how to use the Juzo pressure monitor under compression bandages, garments, or alternatives to wrapping to achieve consistent gradient compression.
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Partsch H, et al. Measurement of lower leg compression in vivo: recommendations for the performance of measurements of interface pressure and stiffness: consensus statement. Dermatol Surg. 2006 Feb;32(2):224-32; discussion 233.
John has been a therapist for 25 years. For the past 20 years he has specialized in the treatment of lymphedema. His background also includes treatment of strokes, brain injuries, and wound care. Currently, he is the Clinic Director at the North Chattanooga branch of Benchmark Physical Therapy, specializing in treating lymphedema, venous disease swelling, and custom garment fittings.
John is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he teaches the lymphedema portion of the doctorate program. He is a senior instructor for Academy of Lymphatic Studies (ACOLS) and has been with them since 2008.
John has been published 3 times and provides the clinical expertise for the research publications with Vanderbilt University and Western Carolina University. These articles have appeared in Radiology, Journal of Lymphoedema, and Lymphatic Research and Biology. John also consults with other universities and businesses in continued research related to lymphedema. In addition, John offers no-charge seminars to therapists in his area on topics such as: difficult garment fittings, billing issues, and wrapping techniques for therapists.
While John managed the Siskin Hospital lymphedema program, the facility was noted in two journals: MD News, for its inpatient and outpatient program, and Rehab Management Journal, for providing one of only two inpatient programs for Stage 3 lymphedema patients, a program that he initiated. He also managed a free, fitting clinic twice a month to any lymphedema patients who had need, he initiated a patient endowment fund at Siskin Hospital to assist patients with the cost of compression garments, and he organized a support group for those with lymphedema.