Abnormal shortening of the muscle that causes resistance to stretching and eventually may cause a state of permanent flexion.
Calcium Resorption/Disuse Osteoporosis
Demineralization of bones that makes them brittle and easily fractured.
A lesion caused by unrelieved pressure that damages underlying tissue because of diminished perfusion.
Mechanical irritation to the skin that occurs when it is dragged across a coarse or rough surface.
Increases when patient is on bedrest related to the effects of the heart having to push blood against gravity.
Straining against a closed glottis. Often occurs when weak patients try to move themselves around in bed.
caused by pushing or straining with mouth closed and breath held. This action stimulates the vagus nerve and can result in fainting or worse.
A drop in Systolic BP of 15 mmHg or more, or a drop in Diastolic BP of 10 mmHg or more and an increase in heart rate of 15%. This can happen when a patient goes from supine to a standing position.
Slow or stagnant blood flow in the veins of the lower extremities. Risk for clots to form (DVT).
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Clots in the deep veins of the legs. Signs include calf pain, increased calf circumference, and warmth. 50% of hospitalized patients are at risk.
Blood clot that breaks loose and travels through circulation and enters the lung. Can be fatal.
Actively "Forcing" a patient's foot into dorsiflexion to see if it causes pain in the calf. Discredited as a reliable test for the presence of a DVT.
Immobility's effect on respiration
Lung function is compromised, respiratory muscles weaken, and the ability to cough is decreased.
The collapse of alveoli due to hypoventilation -- distal alveoli are not refilled and they collapse as all of the air in them is absorbed into circulation.
caused by stasis of secretions. Secretions accumulate and are not coughed out; excellent growth medium for microorganisms.
prevents external rotation of the hip by keeping the hip adducted. A rolled-up bath blanket extended from lateral aspect of hip to mid-thigh.
head of bed raised. Preferred while patient is eating or when stomach tube is being inserted. Promotes lung expansion and ease of breathing.
Entire frame of bed tilted with feet higher than head. Bed on a "slant." Used for shock or to facilitate lung drainage.
Entire bed frame is on a slant with the head higher than the feet. Promotes gastric emptying and prevention of acid reflux into the esophagus.
on side, but further toward prone; one leg over the other. Can be left or right lateral. Left lateral used for enema administration.
Sequential (pneumatic) Compression Devices
Plastic sleeves containing air bladders and connected to an electric air pump. They alternately inflate and deflate with air to cause a "milking" or "pumping" effect.
Isometric (resistive) Exercises
tensing muscle and holding or applying pressure against an unyielding object. Increases heartrate and cardia output. Does not prevent contractures.
Muscle actually contracts and shortens. Most gym type exercises are this kind. Increase HR, cardiac output, blood flow, prevents contractures, build muscle mass and strength.
Range of Motion Exercises
Move joints through their maximum travel (don't force). Five repetitions per joint per session.
An overwhelming, sustained sense of exhaustion and decreased capacity for physical and mental work at usual level.
Disruption in tooth development/eruption patterns or structural integrity of individual teeth
Impaired Physical Mobility
A limitation in independent, purposeful physical movement of the body or of one or more extremities.
Limitation of independent movement within the environment on foot (or artificial limb).
Bathing/hygiene Self-care deficit
Impaired ability to perform or complete bathing/hygiene activities for oneself.
Insufficient physiological or psychological energy to endure or complete required or desired daily activities.
Risk for Injury
At risk of injury as a result of the interaction of environmental conditions interacting with the individual's adaptive and defensive resources.
Ineffective Tissue perfusion
Decrease in oxygen resulting in failure to nourish tissues at capillary level.