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Research Article  |   February 1981
Checklist for the Prescription of Slings for the Hemiplegic Patient
Author Affiliations
  • Roger O. Smith, MOT, OTR, is a therapist at Salem Hospital, Salem, Oregon
  • Gary A. Okamoto, M.D., is Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
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Research Article   |   February 1981
Checklist for the Prescription of Slings for the Hemiplegic Patient
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1981, Vol. 35, 91-95. doi:10.5014/ajot.35.2.91
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1981, Vol. 35, 91-95. doi:10.5014/ajot.35.2.91
Abstract

The wide variety of hemiplegicsling designs, the lack of a uniform approach to sling selection, and the paucity of research data in this area have tended to make prescribing a sling a subjective process. Based on clinical experience and a comprehensive literature review, the authors propose a checklist for examining hemiplegic slings. The Checklist, which includes 19 desirable and 4 undesirable characteristics of slings, provides a more objective basis for comparing sling designs, warns of potential hazards, and facilitates the thorough examination of hemiplegic slings. The uses and limitations of the Checklist are discussed.