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caring for an elderly family member

CARING FOR AN ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBER

Caring for an elderly family member is a task that many of us will face sooner or later. In this article, we have gathered practical tips to help caregiver’s work. Firstly, the most important thing is to measure how much help is needed for the patient. This can be very different from person to person. To be able to identify what these tasks are and how much time / energy it will take, it is worthy to go through the two lists below.

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Exercise is important for bedridden patients

EXERCISE FOR BEDRIDDEN PATIENTS

It is very important to maintain the mental and physical health of a bedridden patient as well as possible. There are serious risks associated with staying in bed for a long period of time. For example, contractures can appear, muscles might become deformed. Bedsores are also common among bedridden patients. They can lead to infections and extreme discomfort of the patient.

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Hypoallergenic products are important for people who suffer from allergy

WHAT ARE HYPOALLERGENIC PRODUCTS AND WHY DO WE NEED THEM?

Nowadays more and more news can be heard among acquaintances that they have food allergy or they develop pollen allergy in adulthood. At first, we might also think that it’s easier to prove allergies these days. This is true to some degree, but the numbers are still growing at a surprising rate.In the United States the number of children with food allergies increased by 50% between 1997 and 2010. The previous decade was considered the warmest of all, so the consequence of this resulting in increased pollen and allergen concentrations in the air. This leads to new allergic diseases...

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Wound classification

WOUND CLASSIFICATION

Wounds come in all shapes and sizes. If there is a wound on you it’s important to know what exactly it is and what you need to do with it. Wounds can be classified based on a few different aspects. One aspect is surgery. If surgery caused the wound, we are talking about surgical wounds. If surgery was not the cause, we are talking about non-surgical wounds. We can classify wounds based on whether the cause was external (e.g. a knife cut) or internal (e.g. diabetes). Lastly, we can classify based on the openness of the wound....

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Body parts where decubitus can develop

THE DEFINITION OF DECUBITUS, CAUSES OF ITS DEVELOPMENT, PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

Decubitus ulcer is also known as bedsore which is a skin tissue damage by permanent pressure, shear force, friction or a combination of this effects. Its symptoms appear in painful and difficult-to-heal wounds and ulcers, later the...

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Gel vs cream

GEL VS CREAM VS MOISTURIZER VS OINTMENT - DIFFERENCES

People are confused about the differences between gel vs cream, moisturizer, and ointment. They’re not that hard to distinguish: each has typical ingredients, absorption process, and feel. Based on your skin conditions you need different beauty products for eye treatment or hair and body care. A gel, a cream, or an ointment. Each is good for skin treatment. But what’s the difference and which one is the best for your skincare?

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Secondary intention - wound care

SECONDARY INTENTION: TYPES OF WOUND HEALING

There are three types of healing intentions: primary, secondary, and tertiary healing. In our article, we will focus on secondary intention. Wound care is one of the most common concerns faced by nurses and care givers today. Wound healing is a process and the length of time it takes is dependant upon multiple factors including the size and depth of the wound, and whether the wound is sutured or left open...

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heel pressure ulcer

HOW TO PREVENT PRESSURE ULCER ON HEELS?

Pressure sores occur when the blood supply to an area of the body is cut off because of excessive and prolonged pressure on it. This causes the skin in that area to die, resulting in an open wound or ulcer on the skin. These injuries are often referred to as pressure ulcers or pressure wounds, bed sores, and decubitus. Friction (often caused by skin rubbing against clothing or bedding) and shear...

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What is wound irrigation? How to irrigate a wound?

WHAT IS WOUND IRRIGATION? HOW TO IRRIGATE A WOUND?

Wound irrigation is about wound management by using a fluid that can disinfect scratches, bruises, and other damage to the skin. This treatment can be used (and should be used) on all wound types. It’s possible to leave a bandage on the wound after irrigation. Proper wound irrigation can be only performed by doctors and nurses. It looks like an easy intervention, but it’s more complicated than just pouring disinfectant or normal saline over a wound...

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