Acute Head Injury: Practical management in rehabilitation by Ruth Garner

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By Ruth Garner

It is either a excitement and a privilege to be invited to give a contribution a foreword to this e-book, which merits - and wishes - to be learn through nearly every body who's fascinated with the therapy and subse­ quent welfare of the sufferers of serious accidents of the mind. a few associates, kinfolk and workmates may be helped through examining a few components of it, yet, if the publication has the impact it merits to have on therapists, nurses, medical professionals, and others operating in either hospitals and the neighborhood, those laymen might be definitely trained and assisted via a number of contributors of the unavoidably huge healing staff. The advancements in tools of resuscitation that experience taken position over the past forty years or so have abolished the formerly fatalistic readiness to just accept week or in coma after a head harm used to be almost a sentence to loss of life from pneumonia. After it had develop into attainable to avoid wasting lives it progressively grew to become transparent that survival of the sufferer used to be now not inevitably via restoration of the mind and that the cost of luck, in saving lives, was once a popula­ tion of cerebral cripples that was once expanding on the cost of one thousand or extra a yr during the state. even supposing this determine has remained in regards to the comparable for greater than twenty years, there was an exceptional development within the volume of curiosity, the normal of care and the standard of effects which are being achieved.

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Physical barriers to independence in dressing are easier to overcome than cognitive barriers - one can teach new methods, provide disability equipment and adapt clothing. However, there may be many reasons why the patient is unable to carry out some stages of dressing and these reasons may be very complex. Generally, it is easier for the patient to participate initially in undressing, and backward chaining may be very helpful for retraining: that is, for the patient to always be active in the last part of undressing yet to do a little more in each session until independent.

Eating. Undressing. Indoor mobility. Moving from bed to chair. Going to the lavatory. Outdoor mobility. Dressing. Washing in the bath. Getting in and out of the bath. Overall washing. Moving from floor to chair. Although return is expected to be in the above order, it does not mean that the patient's personal priorities should match. Order of activities should be determined by the current aims of treatment, reality orientation programme and daily routine adopted. It is up to the members of the treatment team to decide, according to the experience and judgement of the individual therapists and the needs of the patient, what the plan of treatment is to be.

8. Patients may find it useful to use a list of the order of dressing; symbols or words can be used. 9. Give verbal reinforcement throughout, depending on nature of perceptual impairment; 'your shoes are under the chair', 'put your left arm in the sleeve' and so on. 10. Be consistent in the timing, sequence and general method of dressing. CONTINENCE Control of the bladder and bowel is a complex act which is disturbed following severe head injury. Incontinence and retention result from disturbance of the afferent or efferent pathways between the brain and the viscera, or of pathways within the brain itself.

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