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Bangladesh Women Receive Occupational Therapy for Scarf Injuries

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Scarf, Bangladesh, Occupational TherapyBangladeshi and Indian women wear beautiful scarves as part of their traditional dress. This attire is uniformly worn by these women because of its deep cultural associations. These lovely scarves, however, can present a hidden danger.

According to a National Institutes of Health Study, numerous women were injured when their scarves became entangled in bike wheels, tricycles, and sugarcane juice machines. 

This phenomenon, called a scarf injury, can cause severe trauma, paralysis, or even death. Scarf-related injuries cause a spectrum of trauma including bone fractures, spinal cord damage, mangled extremities, and amputations. Some women have even been strangled to death in accidents. Others have lost feeling in their legs and hands. A few have lost the ability to walk. In several cases, women cannot feed themselves, bathe, or brush their teeth.

Bangladesh's Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP) helps scarf injury patients heal and transition back into their communities. The CRP helps scarf-injury patients undergo occupational therapy to help regain their independence after leaving the hospital.

Patients receive occupational therapy in several areas including:

  1. Learning functional transfers. The patients learn how to get themselves in and out of their beds. The women learn how to lift themselves onto their wheelchairs. They also learn how to adapt to other living spaces.

  2. Self-Care Training. The women learn how to care for themselves at home. They also learn how to wash their clothes and housekeeping skills. The patients learn how to groom and dress. Other skills they receive are feeding and drinking lessons.

  3. Choosing a Wheelchair. The occupational therapist selects comfortable wheelchairs that will help patients live independently. They test chairs to determine which cushions will provide the greatest support.

  4. Physical Therapy for Hands. The patients receive physical therapy to expand their range of movement. It also prevents deformities.

  5. Accessibility Equipment. The therapist adjusts phones, writing splints and computers to help the patient communicate.

  6. Community Living and Leisure Training. Helps individuals learn to drive, set schedules and solve problems. 

  7. Vocational Training. Provides the patient with advice to help the return to work. Gives individuals job training to help them find a profession.

Additionally, the occupational therapist modifies the women's homes so they can live comfortably. If you are interested in hiring occupational therapists or other healthcare professionals, please contact us. You may also learn more about this and related topics in the Healthcare section of our blog.

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