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Physical Therapy / Occupational Therapy Manual

January 31, 2000
Modified from Lions Burn Care/U.M.C.
PT/OT/ST Protocols, Las Vegas, NV

The following protocols are a multidisciplinary approach to optimize the quality of care received by the patients at the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center. While the following pages are organized into sections for Nursing, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy, they are not mutually exclusive to these disciplines. Activities such as Edge of Bed Sitting, Out of Bed Sitting, Ambulation, and Activities of Daily Living should not be considered the sole responsibility of Physical and/or Occupational Therapy. As a TEAM we can more effectively and efficiently care for and rehabilitate our patients. The physician to suit the individual needs of each patient can modify the following guidelines at any time.


The enclosed is an attempt to outline some of the splinting options available for positioning the burn patient, in an effort to reduce the risk of contractures. Wear time, application of, recommended use, and possible complications are also included, but are not intended to be all inclusive. All of the following can also be altered, adjusted, padded and modified to accommodate the individual. Splints can be ordered through the Occupational Therapy Department. The Microstomia Prevention Appliance can be ordered through an outside orthotics company. Please contact Physical Therapy and/or Occupational Therapy with any questions, concerns, comments or suggestions regarding these splinting items.