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Recognizing & relieving pain
Learn how to observe and care for a person who is in pain and how to provide pain treatment and comfort measures safely.
Giving oxygen Oxygen is a medicine and thus, must be used and stored carefully. Learn how to correctly place a person on oxygen and use the devices that are available. Giving an enema Learn how to give an enema correctly, what to look for, especially before a person has surgery or a procedure like a colonoscopy.
Moving safely in the house
If you care for someone who is limited in the way they walk and move, this care lesson shows you how to help a person walk and to move from a bed to a chair safely. You will also learn the risks for falling and what to do if a person falls in the home.
Correct use of walkers Learn how a person should be fitted for a walker, available types, keep a walker in good working order and how to use at home and in public locations.
Using a wheelchair
This care lesson teaches you how to use a wheelchair safely and correctly and to protect the person you care for and yourself from injury. You will also learn about the different types of wheelchairs, how to select a chair, and how to keep one in good working order.
Wandering Wandering is moving about without a definite place to go or a purpose. Learn the warning signs that tell you a person may begin to wander.
Dressing a person
Illness can make dressing difficult. Learn how to help a person, limited in the use of their limbs or with memory problems, getting dressed.
Loss of feeling and/or poor circulation leads to common foot problems. Learn daily foot and toenail care and how to help a person select good-fitting shoes.
Regular care prevents infection, helps a person to eat, and offers comfort. Learn about common mouth problems and daily care.
Observing general health
When you care for someone who is ill, injured, disabled or has recently had surgery, it is important to watch them carefully. This care lesson prepares you to learn what is normal and what indicates a change in the person you care for. You will learn the signs of conditions, such as heart attack and stroke, which require you to seek emergency medical care. You will also learn how to listen to a person and to observe for physical and emotional changes.
Taking a pulse
If you know how to check a person’s pulse you will be able to decide how the person responds to medicines, exercise, or an illness. This care lesson explains the factors that affect the heart rate, how to measure a pulse correctly, and how to recognize an abnormal pulse.
Taking a temperature
When you care for someone who becomes ill at home, you need to know how to take their temperature to check for a fever. This care lesson explains factors that affect body temperature, the causes and signs of fever, and how to take a temperature. You will also learn basic ways to reduce a fever.
Taking a blood pressure
If you care for a person who checks their blood pressure regularly at home, this care lesson describes how to select a blood pressure machine, how to measure a blood pressure correctly, and when to report readings to the doctor. You will also learn about hypertension (high blood pressure) and ways to control it.
Measuring blood glucose
Measuring blood glucose is a simple blood test that tells how well a person manages their diabetes. This lesson explains normal blood glucose, the problems of hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, and how to select a glucose meter. You will also learn how to measure a blood glucose correctly, what to do if a glucose reading is abnormal, and safety tips on preventing infection.
Getting ready for surgery
This care lesson explains the many ways that you can help the person you care for prepare for surgery. You will learn the types of questions to ask during the first visit with a surgeon. The care lesson also explains the risks of surgery, activities to complete on the day before surgery, and the exercises a person can learn in preparing for recovery from surgery.
Care after surgery
Every person's surgery is different. A surgeon will decide on the best steps to follow for recovery. This lesson describes what to expect after surgery, common medicines taken after surgery, and problems (complications) that can develop. This lesson also explains how to look at a wound, help relieve a person's pain, and ways to promote recovery.
Care of drainage bags
This lesson describes common types of wound drains and the systems used to collect drainage. You will learn about the purpose of the devices, how to empty and manage a device correctly, the ways to reduce spread of infection and how to properly dispose of wound drainage.
Care of stitches
Proper care of stitches or sutures is needed in order for a wound to heal without an infection. This lesson explains what a wound should look like, the signs of infection, ways to promote wound healing, and how to safely clean a wound.
Changing a gauze dressing
When a person's wound is covered with a gauze dressing, you need to know what a normal healing wound looks like, the signs of infection, and the risks for infection. This lesson explains how to look at a wound to know if it is healing, how to cleanse a wound and how to apply a new clean gauze dressing.
Applying elastic stockings
The use of compression or elastic stockings is one way to improve blood flow up through the veins and back to the heart to prevent clots from forming in the legs. This lesson will teach you what causes blood clots, how elastic stockings work, how to apply them correctly, and what to look out for to recognize problems in the person you provide care for.
Aspiration precautions Aspiration is the accidental entrance of food or saliva into a person’s windpipe, a problem to look for in persons who have trouble swallowing. This care lesson explains the signs of difficulty swallowing, safe eating tips, and shows you step-by-step how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver when a person chokes on their food.
Feeding a person
When a person needs help with eating, you want to protect their safety and independence. This care lesson teaches you about the types of persons who need help with eating and how to feed a person safely. The lesson also explains steps to prevent a person from choking on their food and what to do when choking occurs.
Giving medicines safely
When you care for someone in the home, medicine safety is one of your most important jobs. This care lesson teaches you how to prepare and give medicines safely and what to do when a person has trouble taking medicines. The lesson offers information about side effects and allergies from medicines.
A person with chronic lung disease frequently uses medicine breathed in through the mouth to widen the airways making breathing easier. This lesson explains how to use inhalers safely and correctly to help control their disease.
Subcutaneous injections If you care for a person who takes medicines by injection (a shot), you need to learn how to give an injection correctly and how to avoid injury to the person you care for. This care lesson teaches you how to use a syringe and an injection pen, how to give an injection, and what to look for after giving a medicine.
People with chronic lung problems often use nebulizers to deliver medicine in the form of a mist into their breathing passages. The medicines widen airway passages, reduce inflammation, and help make it easier to cough up mucous. This lesson explains the reasons for using a nebulizer, the effects of the medicines, and how to correctly use and clean a nebulizer.
If you provide care to a person who needs a rectal suppository, you need to know how to insert it correctly, the expected effects, and any problems to look for. Giving a suppository is safe and easy to do.
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