Post-polio syndrome may decrease mobility and increase risk of pressure ulcers

Post-polio syndrome (PPS) symptoms may include fatigue, muscle weakness and decreased mobility. Decreased mobility renders people at risk of developing pressure ulcers (PU) if they are unable to reposition themselves.

As the world celebrates the highly successful polio eradication program, the challenge to maintain high vaccination rates around the world remains. There is also a growing need for health professionals with the knowledge to adequately treat the estimated 20 million people who are survivors of polio, 400,000 of which are in Australia.

The Australasia-Pacific Post-Polio Conference on 20 – 22nd September 2016 aims to address these challenges, and exchange knowledge about the diagnosis, treatment, and management of the post-polio condition across different age groups.

Focussed on the theme “Polio – Life Stage Matters”, the conference will be a platform for both polio survivors and health care providers to share research results and gold standard evidence-based clinical practise. As care for polio survivors involves many different disciplines, the three day conference will target professionals in the fields of rehabilitation medicine, allied health, nursing, neurology, orthopaedic surgery, and virology, as well as students in these areas.

The conference will be hosted by Polio Australia – the peak national body representing Australia’s polio survivors. Through this conference, Polio Australia will continue their mission to standardise quality information and service provision across Australia. This will work to ensure polio survivors have access to appropriate health care and the support required to maintain independence and make informed lifestyle choices.
Polio Australia has recruited a wide range of experts with a collectively broad skill set and experience base to contribute to the 2016 Australasia-Pacific Post-Polio Conference. Keynote speakers include physiatrist William DeMayo, director of Post-Polio Health International USA Joan Headley and Antonio Toniolo, virologist from Italy.

The program is close to being finalised, and delegate registration is now open at

For more information, please contact
Melanie Robertson
Marketing Manager, Interpoint Events.
Phone (02) 9660 2113

The shocking sound of…

…your patient crashing to the ground in the shower cubicle…and the bloodcurdling screams!

You took your patient to the shower, made sure she had everything, shampoo, soap, towels… ‘Just wait for me – I’ll come and take you back to your bed,’ you call as you hurry off to answer the buzzer of another patient. What just happened? She said she felt dizzy and slipped on the wet shower floor.

It could be the dementia, the diabetic peripheral neuropathy (numb feet) or the pain-killing medication she had this morning, or a combination of everything.

Can Slips, Trips and Falls be avoided?

Click on the link to ‘Slips, Trips and Falls: The ‘Nurse you’re killing me’ series’ 2013                       (# 1 best seller in personal injury law) and

Sharp Clinical Solutions for the Prevention of Falls 2014 or copy and paste in your browser. Could this have been avoided? In all probability it could have been… We just have to get rid of silly nursing rituals that put patients at risk of falling… Read about the alternatives in my books.

Slips, Trips and Falls: The ‘Nurse you’re killing me’ series.

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Click on the link or go to copy and paste “Slips, Trips and Falls: The ‘Nurse you’re killing me’ series. ASIN: BOOHJAAHLQ by Catherine A. Sharp” into the search bar.

You may also like to look at the companion book ‘Pressure Sores: The ‘Nurse you’re killing me’ series.

Here’s wishing you all a happy 2014 with no adverse events in your healthcare facility.


‘Outside the box’ thinking about pressure injury prevention.

Do you sometimes feel confused about pressure injury prevention?

Are you faced with having to read hundreds of pages of Guidelines, using time-consuming risk screening tools for every patient, then not knowing which alternating pressure air mattress to order, or worse still being told you don’t need a mattress – just keep repositioning the patient – and we know that won’t work.

Well you’re not alone…so let me make it easy for you. I know I am very ‘outside the box’ when it comes to common and recommended practice for pressure injury prevention, but I would rather be a …………..**

Find out what by clicking on this link below or copy and paste it into your browser

Feel free to share it with your colleagues. Check out my books on pressure injury prevention – you’ll see these when you click on the link above and read the article – and you’ll be able to click straight to the books.

Let me know what you’re doing in your workplace and what you think.

Email me at

Kate 🙂


Clinical judgement must override any score you get when using a numerical pressure ulcer risk assessment tool.

So how do you assess a patient using clinical judgement?

Ask the patient if they can:

1. lift their arms up / off the bed

2. lift their legs up / off the bed

3. roll from side to side


If the patient cannot perform these movements they are at risk of pressure injury / ulcer.


You can use this very quick and very simple 15 second assessment when you don’t have time to fill in a complicated, time-consuming, assessment tool that contains parameters that are irrelevant to pressure injury development e.g. incontinence and poor nutrition.