What should the OT do in the case of autonomic dysreflexia?
This is an emergency situation and required medical attention.
*Bring the patient to a sitting position.
*check catheter for make sure urine is flowing. If clamped, it should be released.
*if urinary bag is full, empty.
*tight clothing should be loosened.
*check for other skin irritation, such as clothing gather, or cushion roughness.
*if in hospital, notify nursing personnel asap
*if home, contact the home health nurse or the patient's doctor by phone for further directions.