PROMOTING PATIENT MOBILITY AND OTHER WAYS TO PREVENT SECONDARY DISABILITIES


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Abstract

When a patient remains immobile for any length of time, he risks developing secondary disabilities — muscle and joint degeneration, metabolic and circulatory disturbances, and other such disorders. Their cause is simple: disuse. But their effects can be devastating: physical and psychological deterioration, and perhaps death.Yet, prevention of most of these disabilities is also simple: keeping the patient mobile. Promoting mobility does take a little time, though, because it must be done often. This book selection tells you what causes and how to prevent the most common secondary disabilities.

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