An Interdisciplinary Approach to Mobility and Safety Education for Caregivers and Stroke Patients

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A cerebrovascular accident (CVA), or stroke, often results not only in hemiplegia, but also in cognitive and perceptual impairments as well. The hemiplegia causes obvious problems with mobility, while cognitive and perceptual impairments might interfere with and delay progress in therapy. Physiotherapists and occupational therapists have extensive knowledge and training regarding the intricacies of movement and mobility. Unfortunately, little emphasis is given to these areas in most nursing programs; yet nurses spend the most time with hospitalized clients, providing 24-hour care. As stroke patients tend to learn by repetition, a consistent rehabilitation program is essential, especially with respect to mobility and safety education. It is important for the rehabilitation nurse to be knowledgeable regarding mobility techniques to prevent back injury to the caregiver and to reduce the degree of risk of injury to the patient.

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