A study of two sitting positions in frail, elderly, non-mobile and totally dependent residents of aged care facilities

Nitz, Jennifer C., Hourigan, Susan R. and Steer, Marie E. (2007) A study of two sitting positions in frail, elderly, non-mobile and totally dependent residents of aged care facilities. Australasian Journal of Ageing, 26 2: 77-80. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2007.00219.x


Author Nitz, Jennifer C.
Hourigan, Susan R.
Steer, Marie E.
Title A study of two sitting positions in frail, elderly, non-mobile and totally dependent residents of aged care facilities
Journal name Australasian Journal of Ageing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6381
1741-6612
Publication date 2007-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2007.00219.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 26
Issue 2
Start page 77
End page 80
Total pages 4
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Subject 321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
C1
Abstract Objectives: To determine the effect of two 'sitting-out' positions among frail, elderly, non-mobile and totally dependent aged care residents. Methods: Ten frail elderly women older than 75 years undertook evaluation. Oxygen saturation, blood pressure and heart rate were measured in reclined (< 25 degrees from horizontal) and upright (> 75 degrees from horizontal) sitting to determine the change in these parameters induced by position. Results: There was a significant increase in oxygen saturation (P = 0.000) systolic (P = 0.000) and diastolic blood pressure (P = 0.034) and heart rate (P = 0.000) when subjects were moved from the reclined sitting position to upright sitting. The recordings were sustained during the measuring periods independent of position. There was no evidence of postural hypotension induced in the upright sitting position. Conclusions: Results indicate the superiority of the upright sitting position for potential tissue oxygenation. Adopting the upright sitting position may enable participation in functional activities, thereby improving quality of life.
Keyword Geriatrics & Gerontology
Blood pressure
Frail older people
Oxygenation
Sitting position
Q-Index Code C1
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