How to Take a Blood Pressure Manually

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    0:00 everyone it’s Sarah with registered nurse RN . com and today I’m going to go 0:03 over with you how to take a blood pressure manually in the hospital 0:07 settings we are blessed because we have automatic blood pressure monitors that 0:11 take her blood pressure is constantly for patients but there are times in … Read more

How Caregivers Use Transfer Aids

 

Aide putting patient in wheelchair|How Caregivers Use Transfer Aids

 

 

Transferring patients to a chair/wheelchair 

It is important to realize, Transfer aids are very important to help your loved ones in a wheelchair.  Another key point, once the patient has adjusted to sitting at the side of the bed, they are ready to transfer to a chair or wheelchair. Indicate the patient’s stronger side. Furthermore, be sure to place the chair or wheelchair parallel to this side so that the patient can assist you with the transfer procedure. As a result, always explain what you are going to do and how your patient can help you. Finally, encourage them to do as much as possible to be as independent as possible. Must be remembered, always keep moving.

Safety Tips: Using the Wheelchair 

  • First, place a chair next to the patient’s stronger side before making the transfer.
  • Then, put footrests out of the way before the patient gets in or out a chair.
  • Also, make sure both wheel brakes are locked into position before the patient gets in or out of the chair.
  • As a result, replace footrests in proper position and assist the patient, as needed, to put feet on footrest after being seated.
  • Another key point, make sure that the patient is in a comfortable and safe sitting position before releasing the wheel brakes.
  • Equally important, release both wheel brakes before attempting to move the chair.
  • By all means, make sure that the patient’s clothing or lap blanket does not trail on the floor or become caught in the wheels.

Person holding on to gait belt|How Caregivers Use Transfer Aids

Transfer or Gait Belt

The first thing to remember, a transfer or gait belt is a belt worn by the patient and used by the caregiver to hold on to the patient during a transfer.  As a result, It is used to help support a weak or unsteady patient to move or walk. Finally, apply the belt before beginning the transfer or before assisting the patient in walking.

Procedure for putting on a gait belt

  1. First, explain what you are going to do.
  2. Wash your hands.
  3. Secondly, obtain gait belt.
  4. Assist patient to a sitting position on the side of the bed.
  5. Apply belt over clothing and around the waist.  Never apply over bare skin.
  6. Place belt buckles off center in the front or in the back, for the patients’ comfort.
  7. Tighten belt, using buckles; the belt should not be uncomfortable, cause pain, or cause breathing difficulties.
  8. For the female patient, check that their breasts are not caught under the belt.
  9. Finally, prepare the patient for transfer.

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Wonderful Devices for Ambulation

assistive devices for ambulation

 

Man and woman walkingWonderful Devices for Ambulation

Ambulation 

It is important to realize, the term ambulates means “to move the body by walking with or without assistance.” Another key point, once the patient has tolerated sitting in a chair, the next step is to begin to walk. Also, the physical therapist will instruct the patient and caregiver about any special techniques required and will prepare a schedule for daily ambulation. As a result, your role as the home caregiver is to assist their patient, as needed, making sure that the physical therapist’s directions are followed. Sometimes the patient may want to walk longer than the directions allow. Always follow the physical therapist’s directions.

When assisting your patient to walk, follow these general rules:

  • Assist patient in putting on the gait belt, if needed.
  • Assist patient to the standing position, then count to 10 before proceeding.
  • Stand by the patients’ weaker side and slightly behind.
  • Grasp gait belt in back with one hand while placing another hand in front of collarbone on the weaker side.
  • Do not rush the patient; be patient—allow plenty of time.
  • Practice good body mechanics.
  • If the patient becomes tired, wait a few moments before proceeding.
  • Calmly encourage and reassure the patient, as needed.

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