Caregiver Fundamentals

When providing care to someone, being successful in their recovery requires more than just knowing how to change a dressing or give medication. It also requires that you know warning signs of possible trouble and how to correct them. If you think something is wrong, you need to confirm that what you think is true is correct. Before you make any changes, confirm something is wrong by comparing the current state to normal for that organ/body part. Call your family member’s doctor, remembering to share your family member’s pertinent medical history.
Caregiver Fundamentals provides a series of independent medical topics related to fundamental care areas. In addition, I offer multiple video links from YouTube so you can see the procedures performed by someone.

Boards Approving ProTraining Courses

Virginia Professional Boards and Certifying Agencies Accepting ProTrainings Courses Alternative Therapies: Acupuncture, Massage, Body, Meditation, Yoga American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) rules allow ProCPR 100% Online certifications for Acupuncturists. National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) mandates that you complete a CPR certification within four years of application and have current knowledge of …

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Using Range of Motion with Body Mechanics

Moving Joints Through Their Full Range-of-Motion What are range-of-motion exercises? Just what they say. Moving each joint in every direction that it can naturally move.   Its gentle movements start small and gradually get bigger and bigger until the joint has fully expanded to its best potential. You do that 3 or 4 times for each …

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Medication Basics

How is a Medication Dosage Determined? The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) determines the dosing of medication needed to treat a condition based on clinical research. After completing years of clinical trials which document patient outcomes and drug safety, the FDA approves a drug’s release for use by the public. The drug is approved only to …

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Preparing for Gastrostomy Tube Surgery

Three Ways to Perform Surgery The most common type of feeding tube is the gastrostomy (G) tube. A surgeon places a G-tube through the abdominal wall into the stomach. There are three options for G-tube surgery:1. Inserting the G-tube surgically through small incisions using a laparoscope.2. Insert the G-tube using a larger open incision through …

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Mom holding young child who is having difficulty breathing.

Vital Signs – Respiratory Rate

Monitoring Vital Signs and Understanding the Respiratory Rate   The purpose of the respiratory system is to bring in fresh oxygen and eliminate discarded carbon dioxide. If too much oxygen or carbon dioxide is in the system, the individual may show signs of confusion or mental health changes. Signs may include agitation, increased sleepiness, anxiety, …

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