The principles of flotation have been documented to be especially helpful with the following conditions:


Premature infants and newborns, orthopedic problems, paralysis, severe burns, trauma, auto accidents, plastic surgery, general surgery, cardiac rehabilitation, Cystic Fibrosis, Cerebral Palsy and wheelchair patients.


Waterbeds have become an essential therapeutic fixture in benefiting many patients with different medical problems.

The principles of flotation have been documented to be especially helpful with the following conditions:


Premature infants and newborns: Less pressure is exerted on delicate skin, less apnea spells ( breathing cessations ), take place, growth is enhanced, and a soothing effect by warmth and motion that simulates the womb.

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Orthopedic problems : The uniform support of a waterbed removes excess pressure exerted on any one area of the body, in effect distributing the weight evenly over the surface. Thus, healing can take place in all affected areas.
 
Paralysis : Paraplegics, quadriplegis, people who have had strokes, spinal cord injuries, etc, need less frequent changing of their position to  prevent pressure sores.


Severe burns: The reduced pressure on the skin allows more rapid healing with less discomfort and may decrese the need for medication.


Arthritis: The even support eliminates pressure on any part of the skeletal system, while the heat increases circulation and sooths painful joints. Arthritic patients on heated waterbeds have demostratedless " early morning stiffness".


Trauma, auto accidents: Aids in positioning and handling of the patient with servere or multiple injuries.  Waterbeds  will help nurses in caring for these patients, conserving ebergy in rotating the patient and simplifying the changes in dressings.


Plastic surgery: Enchances healing of donor sites of major skin graphs. Waterbeds can make these patients more comfortable during the post-operative phase when there is fear and restriction of movement.


General surgery: Post-hysterectomy, hemorrhoidectomy, removal of kidney stones,colostomy, ligation or stripping of varicose veins all have uncomfortable recovery periods. The principles of the waterbeds systems can benefit these patients.
 
Cardiac rehabilitation: Superior comfort is provided in the post operative phase of by-pass and open heart sugery patients. It is during this phase that the patient must lie on his back because of the sternum,which was completly opened for the by-pass surgery, is going through the initial healing period.
 
Cystic Fibrosis: The increased motion and improvement inn circulation helps losen and drain the continous mucous build-up in the lungs.


Cerebral Palsy: The motion and warmth of a waterbed, relaxes and soothes the patient thereby reducing their spasticity and exggerated muscle tone, and increasing rest and sleep.
 
Wheelchair patients: Many studies with patients who must use wellchairs indicate that water flotation units decrease skin temputure and may be helpful in preventing skin problems ( e.g. ducubitus ulcers).

Waterbeds have become an essential therapeutic fixture in benefiting many patients with different medical problems.


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