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,...

CBT-I: Sleep Hygiene

Sleep Hygiene Tips Screen time: Turn off TVs, computers, tablets, smartphones, and game consoles one hour before bedtime Caffeine: Avoid caffeine 6-8 hours before bedtime Nicotine: Avoid nicotine before bedtime Alcohol: Avoid alcohol after dinner Sleeping Pills: Use sleep...
Risks: Limited mobility (and inability to reposition) Loss of sensation Previous pressure injuries Cognitive impairment Nutritional deficiency Skin assessment: Skin integrity Color changes Variations in heat, firmness, moisture Prevention & Management: Pressure redistribution devices Repositioning Barrier creams Floating heels Patient education ...

Colles’ Fracture (Distal Radius)

Etiology Most common mechanism of injury is a fall on an outstretched hand. The wrist usually lands in extension and the forearm in pronation. Facts Most common injury to the wrist May result in limited wrist flexion, extension, forearm pronation & supination ...
  Melatonin May shorten the amount of time it takes to fall asleep by 12 minutes. Does not appear to improve the percentage of time that a person actually spends sleeping. Overall considered "safe", side effects may include: headache, feelings...
Occupational therapists can consider intervention for sleep disturbances with cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). CBT focuses on modifying unhealthy sleep habits, decreasing autonomic and cognitive arousals, altering negative beliefs and attitudes about sleep, and educating patients about sleep hygiene. Research...

Minimizing Paper Waste

Reflect on how much paper waste you generate in a single day at work. ... It may actually not be much! With EMR's, smartphones, e-mail and technology taking over our practice. For me, I can probably cut down on post-it notes. Paper...
Considerations Traditional CIMT is provided for more than 2 hours/day and should not be used within the first month following stroke. Modified CIMT is a less intense program which varies in terms of the time of constraint, the intensity...
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...
Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Occupational Therapy Management LVAD Video Summary Source: Nucleus Medical Media Disease Process for LVAD in Occupational Therapy The heart has 4 chambers: left & right atrium, left & right ventricle. The left ventricle pumps blood out through...