Before the Stitches & Staples Come Out Educate on positioning in bed and sitting. No pillows under knees. Promote stretching in prone position if tolerable (no low back pain). Provide sitting support for wheelchair - residual limb supports. Educate...

Airplane Transfer (Depression Scoot)

Sometimes, a slide board transfer may not be the safest option between surfaces. A patient may poor awareness of the board, have low confidence in their abilities, or a slide board may simply not be available. Another transfer you can...
Rolyan Hemi-Arm Sling Instructions   Donning With Help A B C D 1. Open hook-and-loop closures on arm cuff and chest strap (strap that is not attached to Oring). Adjust the three remaining straps to their longest length. 2. With loose chest strap...
Habits fall within the occupational therapy framework. However, habits can be hard to change. Whether for your personal goals or for our patients, using a compensatory technique can be very helpful for shaping our habits. Almost all of us carry...
In my previous post, I mentioned some of the good stuff behind paywalls. Here are some free and noteworthy ones. (Updated regularly) Principles Sustainability Matters: Guiding Principles for Sustainability in Occupational Therapy Practice, Education and Scholarship In OT Practice Sustainability in...

PureWick Use, Warnings, & Precautions – PSA

PureWick Use, Warnings, & Precautions for OT UPDATE: I have been seeing more of this happening at my work. As mentioned by the manufacturer: "Do not use with bedpan or any material that does allow for sufficient airflow". Mesh type...
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases from referral links you use in this post. COVID-19, Glasses, Face Masks, and Foggy Lenses. The Requirement Healthcare workers such as myself are wearing face masks all day while working on the front lines. This...
Background This post contains a list of topics to cover when providing wheelchair education to family and caregivers. This checklist is intended to be comprehensive and not every item applies to the client's specific situation. Warning As always, follow manufacturer's guidelines and...

Amputation Levels

Amputation is identified by which joint or long bone has been amputated. Above knee (AKA): transfemoral Below knee (BKA): transtibial Below ankle: transmetatarsal Above elbow: transhumeral Below elbow: transradial Below wrist: transmetacarpal Disarticulation: across a joint such as hip, wrist,...
Compression stockings can very helpful for people with lymphedema in their legs. Putting on compression stockings by yourself, for a family member, or patient can be challenging. Even for an experienced person, putting on compression stockings requires a lot...