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Positioning is relevant for all people who are bedridden or lying in bed for an extended amount of time each day. This might be a person with decreased mobility and/or sensibility, people with deformities, spasticity, pain and people with pressure sores who are at risk of developing pressure sores. Positioning is also relevant to people…

As we covered in our previous blog – ‘performing patient handling tasks safely’, the immobility of a patient or person, can lead to a number of consequences. Here we take a deeper look into the bodily systems immobility can affect. The complications and hazards associated with immobility and according to bodily system are described below:…

Immobility and complete bed rest of a patient can lead to life threatening physical and psychological complications and consequences. The nursing care team and other health care professionals like physical therapists must, therefore, promote patient mobility and prevent immobility whenever possible. Immobility can adversely affect all physiological bodily systems. The hazards or complications of patient…

MANUAL HANDLING: Musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD’s) Musculoskeletal disorders include a wide range of inflammatory and degenerative conditions affecting the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, peripheral nerves and supporting blood vessels (Punnett & Wegman, 2004). A ‘disorder’ implies a condition with a multifactorial aetiology. WMSDs (Work-related musculoskeletal disorders) often develop from exposure to more than one workplace hazard…

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