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Oct
5
2013

Health Care Professionals

One of the special things about people who work in health care is that we’ve been given the unique ability to handle tremendous swings of emotions.  Moments after delivering the worst news in the world to someone, we may experience a medical miracle that fills us with a burst of joy. We can handle that range of emotions.  Not many people can.  Also, in return for our willingness to serve, we receive a great gift: […]

Feb
3
2012

MEDICATIONS AND PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

The human body is a complex chemical organism. Medications/drugs are chemicals which are prescribed to assist the body’s natural chemical system.  They produce actions that modify or change particular bodily function, allowing the body’s natural defense system to restore health. The success of drug treatment depends on the physician’s ability to select the right drug for the individual and the illness.  However, the physician can never be sure that the prescribed drug will act in […]

Jan
23
2012

Things To Know About Tornados

Tornados are most likely to occur between 3 and 9 P.M., but they can happen any time of the day. It occurred in every state, but are most likely to occur east of the Rockies during the spring and summer months. Tornados results in an average of 80 deaths and 1,500 injuries per year. A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornados; go to or stay in a safe area and listen for news, […]

Dec
21
2011

Measuring Vital Signs: Key Terms

Apical-radial pulse – taking the apical and radial pulses at the same time. blood pressure – the amount of force exerted against the walls of an artery by the blood. body temperature – the amount of heat in the body that is balance between the amount of heat produced and teh amount lost by the body. bradycardia – a slow (brady) heart rate (cardia); the rate is less than 60 beats per minute. diastole – […]

Dec
6
2011

The Honorable Career Of Nursing Assistant

Nursing Assistants are the “heart” of long-term care. Here are the lists of the roles they do. 1. They should be certified and meet all requirements to practice. Knows their role and responsibilities and how to be a professional. 2. Upholding Residents Rights. The Nusing Assistant (NA) has a legal responsibility to protect each resident’s rights. Protecting Residents Rights Respecting Individual Beliefs Protecting Individuals from abuse 3. Developing Interpersonal Skills Help the residents feel good […]

Nov
24
2011

Assessing Signs & Symptoms of Illness

Use OAR:- O – is for Observe A – is for Assess R – is for React The first rule is to know the person you support. Observe You need to observe changes in the person that might indicate they are not feeling well. How do you observe? First, step back, be calm and alert. Then use your nose, ears, eyes and sense of touch to find clues that will help you discover what is […]

Sep
13
2011

Mechanical Ventilation

Weak muscle effort, airway obstruction, and damaged lung tissue cause hypoxia. Central Nervous System Diseases and injuries can affect the respiratory system in the brain. Nerve damage can interfere with messages being sent between the lungs and the brain. Drug overdose can depress the brain. These and other respiratory problems are so severe that some people cannot breathe on their own. Or they cannot maintain enough oxygen in the blood. These persons often need mechanical […]

Sep
7
2011

AGING AND DEMENTIA

Due to improved healthcare services and better nutrition, people are living longer and leading more active lives than ever before.  This is also true of people with developmental disabilities.  By understanding the effects of aging, we can better support the people we serve. The following are changes we may see in the people we support: – The lungs become less efficient, so there is a higher risk of developing pneumonia and other lung disease. – […]

Jul
22
2011

SPECIAL NUTRITIONAL CARE PROBLEMS

Individuals with special needs may have difficulty achieving an adequate nutrients intake because they may be unable to feed themselves; or they may be limited in their ability or be unable to suck, bite, chew, or swallow fluids and/or foods.  Severe arthritis may affect the joints of the fingers, the elbow and the shoulder to such an extent that the adult individual cannot feet himself; or affect the jaw so that he/she may even have […]

May
6
2011

Medications And People With Developmental Disabilities

The human body is a complex chemical organism. Drugs (medications) are also chemicals which are prescribed to assist the body’s natural chemical system. They produce actions that modify or change a particular bodily function, allowing the body’s natural defense system restore health. The success of drug treatment depends on the physician’s ability to select the right drug for the individual and the illness. However, the physician can never be sure that the prescribed drug will […]

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