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Safe Handling of Bariatric Patients and Residents

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Safe Handling of Bariatric Patients and Residents
The average healthcare patient’s size and weight are increasing as the global population’s average body weight continues to climb, owing mostly to lifestyle choices and high caloric/fat meals. There is currently a need to explore how healthcare staff may deliver excellent patient/resident care while avoiding injury to themselves or the…

How to Choose the Right Mobility Equipment

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How To Choose the Right Mobility Equipment
  Mobility, or the ability to move freely from one location to another, is an essential part of daily life. Reduced or absent mobility, whether as a result of surgery, sickness, or aging, can have a significant influence on one’s capacity to live independently or age in place, so it’s…

Safe Handling of Bariatric Patients and Residents

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JB Medical Safe Handling of Bariatric Patients
The average healthcare patient’s size and weight are increasing as the global population’s average body weight continues to climb, owing mostly to lifestyle choices and high caloric/fat meals. There is currently a need to explore how healthcare staff may deliver excellent patient/resident care and safe handling of bariatric patients while…

What are Some of the Best Walking Aid Solutions?

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What is the best walking aid for the elderly?
Unfortunately, certain ailments or physical conditions may restrict us Aids help us get back some of our physical freedoms once enjoyed when we were healthier. This can be a temporary or permanent solution, depending on the condition that restricts movement. Walking aids are made to help you improve the balance,…

Pressure Injury Prevention and Management

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Pressure Injury Prevention and Management Pressure Injury Pressure Injury is a localized area of tissue loss that occurs when soft tissue is crushed between a bony prominence due to pressure, shearing forces, friction, or a combination of these factors. Pressure injury is a common occurrence among those who are bedridden or immobilized for long periods of time. Pressure injuries can be painful and debilitating, and may require hospitalization with wound care and physical therapy to recover fully. Many people think that they cannot contract pressure injuries because they do not have problems with their joints, but this is an erroneous assumption. Muscle spasms from prolonged immobility still put undue pressure on the skin beneath it, which can cause tissue breakdown that will lead to a pressure injury if left untreated. Common Causes of Pressure Injury Pressure injuries are wounds that are inflicted by prolonged pressure on the skin often found in the elderly. They are often synonymous with "sores" or "bedsores." These injuries are also called decubitus ulcers, because they result from the constant contact of the bony prominence of an area of the body with a surface. The types of pressure injury include long-bone pressure injury, short-bone pressure injury, and weight-bearing leg ulcer. They can also be caused by offloading too quickly after being confined to bed for an extended period due to illness or surgery. Pressure injuries occur more commonly among people who are confined to bed for an extended period without any movement. Factors linked to a higher risk of pressure injury Factors that are intrinsic These are elements that affect the lymphatic system, supporting structures, and vascular bed of the skin, lowering its tolerance. Conditions and chronic disorders that impair oxygen supply, sensibility, tissue perfusion, and lymphatic function, among others, have been recognized as raising pressure injury risk. These include, but are not limited to: smoking, anaemia, low blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, etc. Factors that are extrinsic These are variables that influence the skin's ability to withstand pressure which includes: shear, moisture, and friction. Increased pressure exposure Sensory perception, activity, the patient's capacity to modify their body posture, and restricted mobility are all risk factors that increase skin exposure to pressure injuries. The following are examples of specific situations that fall within these categories: obesity, cognitive impairment, medication use, etc. Tissue tolerance decreases This refers to the ability of the supporting structures and the skin to withstand pressure. When transferring pressure loads, the skin's surface works as a cushion to protect the skeleton. Tissue tolerance is influenced by both inherent and external variables. Quick Remedy for Pressure Injury The earlier you notice a potential problem developing from these circumstances, the easier it will be to remedy them before they worsen into something more serious. A simple remedy preventing pressure injury is to use a special foam cushion that helps distribute your weight evenly across the buttocks and back so you don't put too much pressure on one spot. You can find these cushions at any medical supply store, but you should ask your doctor first before using one because they may not work if you have an underlying condition like diabetes or heart disease. Pressure Injury Prevention Patients and families Should be Aware Device management, repositioning, and skin inspection are some of the suggested preventative actions that should be discussed with carers/parents or children of suitable age. Caregivers and parents should be taught about the danger of getting pressure injuries while in the hospital, and then given material to help them understand and participate to the creation of effective and appropriate pressure injury prevention initiatives. Assessment of Skin Integrity An evaluation instrument or scale must be utilized to help health care practitioners in identifying a patient at risk of pressure injury. This is a file that is used to calculate a score based on a set of criteria that are thought to be pressure injury risk factors. Certified risk assessment techniques for children and adults are effective in identifying those who are at risk and raising awareness of potential pressure injuries, but they cannot account for every scenario. As a result, clinicians must use their experience, clinical judgment, and knowledge in concert with the screening instrument to prevent tissue damage and protect the skin. Pressure Injury Management Device-related prevention and management strategies As part of a patient's therapy, a variety of various equipment or medical devices may be required. It's important to remember that any foreign object that comes into close touch with a patient's integumentary system can produce pressure injury. As a result, healthcare staff must be cautious in their inspection and monitoring of patients' skin to avoid pressure injuries caused by devices. To learn more about devices for prevention and management of pressure injuries, please click here.
  Pressure Injury   Pressure injury is a localized area of tissue loss that occurs when soft tissue is crushed between a bony prominence due to pressure, shearing forces, friction, or a combination of these factors. This is why it is important to know more about pressure injury prevention and…

Bleak outlook for Australian Medical Researchers

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Dear Colleagues, friends, family and every Australian who is enjoying great healthcare in Australia. We should all campaign for increased funding in medical science. The funding level by the Australian govt has fallen to a record low level. The funding has not increased significantly since 2008 and is currently sitting…
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