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I work late I change and transfer patients. And I get back pain in the middle of my back and when I go home I go straight to bed, what can help me?

I work late I change and transfer patients. And I get back pain in the middle of my back and when I go home I go straight to bed, what can help me?

Review lifting.: Transferring patients is a tough job. The first thing that i would suggest is to review the proper techniques for transferring patients. This may require your to work with a physical therapist who can help you with safe lifting and transferring techniques. I have seen small women transfer large man and they do not hurt themselves because they learn really effective techniques. ...Read more

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Dr. Elena Bravver
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Wheelchairs (Definition)

Wheelchairs are devices used for mobility by people who are temporarily or permanently ...Read more


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Should syncope patients have a wheelchair?

Should syncope patients have a wheelchair?

Syncope: Most syncope patients have no need for a wheelchair. There certainly may be some who do need a wheelchair but their doctor should be the one who recommends it, or perhaps a physical therapist if they are associated with one. ...Read more

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Why is unna's boot not recommended for wheelchair-bound and bedridden patients?

Why is unna's boot not recommended for wheelchair-bound and bedridden patients?

Yes: Unna boots can cause a slight decrease in circulation due to their constricting nature when placed. When patients are bedridden and wheelchair bound, they may have a decrease in circulation which may be additive to the unna boot constriction and cause ischemia to the lower extremity. ...Read more

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Patient keeps slipping down from wheelchair seat, can not sit properly, need to continuously reseat him. What would be effects on his spine and back?

Patient keeps slipping down from wheelchair seat, can not sit properly, need to continuously reseat him.  What would be effects on his spine and back?

Spine and back: Slipping down from a wheelchair seat is not good. I feel you should take him to the nearest Emergency facility. I strongly suspect he will be sent to the main hospital to work on improving the back pain. Hope all goes well, please keep me informed. ...Read more

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What might I do to get paid for taking care of a dementia patient in a wheelchair in her home?

What might I do to get paid for taking care of a dementia patient in a wheelchair in her home?

Varies by state: Most states have state subsidized programs. You would need to check with your local councel on aging? Medicare does not pay for these services for a chronic, custodial care patient. ...Read more

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Is suction recommended for terminally ill and bed-ridden patients?

Is suction recommended for terminally ill and bed-ridden patients?

Depends: There are many ways of managing secretions in the terminally ill. Most good hospice companies are well prepared to manage all symptoms. Suction is one option, but it's not always the best. ...Read more

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Patient keeps slipping down from seat on wheel chair. Can not sit properly. Why does this happen? Solutions? Workers must reseat him always.

Patient keeps slipping down from seat on wheel chair. Can not sit properly.  Why does this happen?   Solutions? Workers must reseat him always.

Physical therapy: This may be a sign that the patient needs a referral to physical therapy for core strengthening. In the meantime, I usually recommend an elevated wedge type pillow to be placed in the wheelchair. ...Read more

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What might be the best bed for a fms patient?

What might be the best bed for a fms patient?

That Depends: I am often asked this question from patients with chronic pain of all types. The truth is there is not one single answer because it is highly dependent on what you find comfortable. Although very expensive, i usually recommend the sleep number bed system. Whith this you can change the firmness as much as you like. ...Read more

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During a transfer of a patient, should there be any pressing on the axilla area? Why not?

During a transfer of a patient, should there be any pressing on the axilla area? Why not?

Avoid if possible.: The axillary region is home to a dense array of blood vessels and nerves that supply the arms. Many other structures, such as lymph channels, muscles, tendons run through the axilla as well, with minimal protection from bones. Prolonged or extreme pressures on these structures could compromise blood flow to the arms and nerves can be stretched. Shoulder dislocations can also happen. ...Read more