Anterior shell instruction sheet (1147)

Key points below

What is an anterior shell?

This shell is a molded plastic form used to support your child after hip surgery. It is used to help your child heal. It limits how much your child’s hips can bend after surgery. It is ordered by your child’s doctor. An occupational therapist (OT) makes it to fit only your child.

When should my child wear the shell?

- riding in a car or bus

- bathing or toileting

- eating meals

Any special directions will be given by your therapist or doctor.

How is it used?

Putting it on. Have your child go to the bathroom before putting on the shell.

Close the Velcro® strap under the thighs first, and then close straps under your child’s back.

Note: Check your child’s skin when bathing. Call the OT department (414 266-2858) if there are any red marks on the skin that last longer than 20 minutes after removing the shell.

How do I clean the shell?

When the shell is off, clean it with lukewarm water and a mild soap. Do not use hot water as it can change the shape of the shell. You can also use rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth to wipe off the shell, inside and out.

ALERT: Call your child’s therapist, doctor, or nurse if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.

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