Friday, 3 March 2017

Cooling Suit for fatigue

Özkan Tuncay F, Mollaoğlu M.Effect of the cooling suit method applied to individuals with multiple sclerosis on fatigue and activities of daily living. J Clin Nurs. 2017 Mar 2. doi: 10.1111/jocn.13788. [Epub ahead of print]

AIM AND OBJECTIVES:This study was conducted to determine the effects of cooling suit on fatigue and activities of daily living of individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS).
BACKGROUND:Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms in people with MS and adversely affects their activities of daily living. Studies evaluating fatigue associated with MS have reported that most of the fatigue cases are related to the increase in body temperature and that cooling therapy is effective in coping with fatigue.
DESIGN:This study used a two sample, control group design.
METHODS:The study sample comprised 75 individuals who met the inclusion criteria. Data were collected with study forms. After the study data were collected, cooling suit treatment was administered to the experimental group. During home visits paid at the fourth and eighth weeks after the intervention, the aforementioned scales were re-administered to the participants in the experimental and control groups.
RESULTS: The analyses performed demonstrated that the severity levels of fatigue experienced by the participants in the experimental group wearing cooling suit decreased. The experimental group also exhibited a significant improvement in the participants' levels of independence in activities of daily living.
CONCLUSIONS: The cooling suit worn by individuals with MS was determined to significantly improve the participants' levels of fatigue and independence in activities of daily living.
RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: The cooling suit therapy was found to be an effective intervention for the debilitating fatigue suffered by many MS patients, thus significantly improving their level of independence in activities of daily living. 

I'm not going to comment as I will leave ProfG to make decisions on whethere they would recomend or not. However we know hot weather is a problem for some people with MS. This is based on biology.

1 comment:

  1. I have Uhthoff's and Simply having a hot drink elevates my heart rate significantly. Thermal stress is a real issue for me.

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