The Leg Abductor – Foot to Knee can be used when sitting in a chair or lying in bed. It is is useful for patients who are contracting and crossing their legs. It is also used to abduct the legs after a broken tip of femur or after a hip operation.
They are made from a very hard foam cut into a wedge shape. They are similar but a lot smaller than our Leg Abductor – Large, that is used after a total hip replacement operation.
We use a water-resistant nylon cover, as it is less likely to cause sweating than a vinyl cover. Before fitting the nylon cover, we place the foam in a polythene bag to give it added protection. The cover has soft cotton webbing with Hook & Loop Tape type fasteners to secure the legs to the Abductor. With some patients who have very delicate skin, consider putting some combine padding around the legs to protect them. Monitor the patient’s skin for pressure sores, particularly around the inside of the knees.
Remember that some patients may get cramps if they sit for long periods and cannot move their legs. Refer to their care plan regarding ambulation. Consider using a Chair Belt to remind the patient not to stand up when the Leg Abductor is in use.
General Public Restraint Authorisation Letter: If this product is purchased for use in a private home, we require authorisation from a suitable person. This is to ensure it will be used correctly and safely by the family and/or carers, and that using it will not be dangerous. Examples of a suitable person who is able to sign the letter are: Occupational Therapist; Physiotherapist; Clinical Nurse Manager; Registered Nurse; Doctor; or another suitably qualified person. Click here to print the letter template, and please return a copy to us when ordering. Note: This letter is not required when we send restraints to aged care facilities or hospitals, because their staff are already trained in their safe use.
Note: We are unable to sell this product to the USA.