ERIC Number: ED202554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Health Instruction Packages: Physical Therapy.
White, Stephen J.; Lupi, Frances A.
Text, illustrations, and exercises are used in these two learning modules to instruct physical therapists and others involved in the care of the infirm in methods of comfortably positioning patients in beds and chairs. The first module, "Basic Positioning in Bed and Chair," describes how to position a patient in the upright sitting position and on his/her back, stomach and side. This module discusses the importance of periodically changing the position of bedfast or wheelchair patients and illustrates the utilization of towels and pillows in providing the body support necessary to the maintenance of proper spine, shoulder, and hip alignment. The second module, "Positioning Is Everything in Life," describes the use of pillows and towels in: (l) placing the patient in the semi-prone position (i.e., lying halfway between the stomach and the side while leaning slightly forward); (2) placing the patient in the semi-supine position (i.e., lying halfway between the back and the side while leaning slightly backwards); and (3) positioning a patient in a chair with head and arms supported on a treatment table. Both modules illustrate techniques and procedures, provide sequential reinforcement exercises, and conclude with a post-test and answer key. The first module requires 45 minutes and the second 30 minutes to complete. (JP)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.
Authoring Institution: League for Innovation in the Community Coll., Los Angeles, CA.