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How To: Transfer patients into beds using a trapeze in nursing

Studying to be a nurse? Then here is a nursing how-to video that teaches you how to transfer a THR patient into a bed using a trapeze and an abduction pillow for support. Every nurse should know the basics of this technique, follow along and see how easy it is to move total hip replacement patients into the bed using only a pillow and a trapeze. These medical tips are sure to help you pass your nursing exam with flying colors.

How To: Tape your ankle to prevent an inversion ankle sprain

First locate the distal fibula and stabilize the distal leg with your non mobilizing hand. If the position of the fibula with anterior and posterior glide provides no pain then you will need to apply a five centimeter piece of tape 2. 5 centimeters anterior to the distal fibula with the distal fibula exposed under the tape's edge. Relocate the distal fibula and hold another piece of tape near the distal fibula, then you will need to wrap the tape circularly around the leg. You will also need ...

How To: Perform a simple ankle tape job

Sports medicine skills can be tricky and confusing. This video shows you how to tape an ankle correctly to immobilize the joint and keep it protected. You'll learn rules about where to tape and where not to tape. Tension is important and this instructor covers where to add tension and where not to. Using a few simple techniques, you'll learn how to wrap safely from below the calf and down the foot. Learn a few taping techniques like the figure eight, anchoring, stirrups and basket weaving to ...

How To: Perform an ankle tape job

This Diet and Health video tutorial will demonstrate to you how to do an ankle tape job. Take two pads and put them on top and back of the ankle with the toe facing up. Then take the tape and pull it tight. Start about two to three fingers below the calf. Wrap the tape nice and tight around the leg going round and round all the way down to the ankle. Then dive down under the foot and come around under the back of the heel and cut it off. Now you put the first anchor right around the foot. The...

How To: Perform a full cardiac exam on a patient (heart exam)

In this video, doctors can learn how to perform a full cardiac examination on a patient. The very first thing a doctor should do is visually inspect the patient, because there's a lot that can be gained by simply examining by eye. You'll want to carefully examine the respiratory pattern of the patient, the nature of their precordium, the anterior part of their chest over the heart. Feeling the pulse is also necessary when starting out this heart exam. To learn more, watch the full video.

How To: Perform a brief neurological exam on a patient

A brief neurologic examination includes six sections: 1) mental status exam, 2) testing cranial nerves, 3) sensation exam, 4) testing strength, 5) deep tendon reflexes exam, and 6) coordination exam. Eve Bargmann, M.D., shows doctors how to perform this neurological examination on a patient. You will need to do a full neuralgic exam (not in video) if any abnormalities are found. But this is just a brief screening exam during a general physical exam.

How To: Use a body powered prosthetic hook for arm amputees

A below elbow arm amputee demonstrates how to don and operate his body powered prosthetic hook. This video is made to help individuals use adaptive equipment and prosthetics for getting around with one arm. This is an equipment overview for amputees or individuals that have single limbs and need a hook prosthesis to enable them. It's equipment for handicapped or disabled individuals as taught by a man with a below elbow amputation.

How To: Select the site for an intramuscular injection

Injecting intramuscularly is a difficult thing to learn and it takes a lot of practice. This instructional medical how to video guides your through the step by step process of selecting a site for an intramuscular injection. Intramuscular injections should be given in areas where major blood vessels and nerves are avoided. Watch and read along. It is important to wash your hands before handling any injection material.

How To: Tape a sprained ankle

This is for an ankle that has been rolled to the outside of the body. Start by cutting a piece of rock tape that is about the length of the distance from the mid arch to right below the kneecap. To tape the ankle sit on a table put your heel on the edge of the table with your toes pointed down. With an ankle sprain this will be very painful so go really slow. Pull an inch of backing off the tape and anchor it about mid arch and then pull the backing off of the rest of the tape. Then with your...

How To: Do a daily check of the code blue cart in nursing

Going to be a nurse? Then one important part of your nursing responsibilities involves doing a daily check of the code blue cart or crash cart. The crash cart is checked every shift for emergency items and function. In this how-to video we review the nurse’s responsibility to test the defibrillator oxygen tank, most hospitals change tanks at 500 or 1000 psi. Follow along an see how simple it is to do a daily check of the code blue cart.

How To: Transfer a patient from a chair to a walker in nursing

Studying to be a nurse? Then here is a nursing how-to video that teaches you how to transfer patient with a total hip replacement out of a chair and into a walker. Every nurse should know the basics of this technique, follow along and see how easy it is to help a patient progress from sitting into a walker. These medical tips are sure to help you pass your nursing exam with flying colors. Hear them discusses three major hip precautions, correct walker position, use of safety belts and discuss...

How To: Explore prosthetic options for the gym as an amputee

A below elbow arm amputee demonstrates the device he uses in the gym. He shows you how to use a prosthetic for working out at the gym when you've suffer a limb amputation. This video is very helpful in describing utilities available for enabling individuals with amputations to workout or get around and function in a gymnasium setting. This is a video that addresses adaptive equipment for handicapped or disabled people.

How To: Set up an intravenous line

This video tutorial shows how to set up an intravenous line, or intravenous drip. Most are familiar with IVs, as a way of providing people undergoing medical treatment that are otherwise unable to ingest food with vital nutrients. Watch this educational medical science video and learn how to set up and insert an intravenous line.

How To: Inspect the female breast for cancer

This medical how-to video from the Department of Health Services Cancer Detection Section will help become more confident in inspecting the female breasts. An regular breast check is vital for cancer detection. Help you patients stay healthy by learning the essential of a clinical breast examination. This entails a comprehensive review of a patients symptoms, history and risk factors. Follow along to learn the basics of inspecting the female breast for cancer.

How To: Remove a cast with a cast saw

This medical how-to video demonstrates how to perform a cast removal with a cast saw. Follow along and learn how to remove a wrist and forearm cast. The cast saw may appear dangerous but it is actually pretty safe to use. A cast should only be removed when the attending doctor deems it safe to do so. Note that this casting procedure is intended for medical professionals.

How To: Identify symptoms of recent HIV contraction

It's sometimes possible to recognize when you've recently contracted HIV from signs and symptoms such as fever, rash, or swollen lymph nodes. This video will teach you how to recognize signs and symptoms of primary HIV infection that are experienced by between 40 and 90% of individuals after they are first infected with HIV. Primary HIV infection occurs during the first few weeks or months after a person first becomes infected with HIV. Symptoms include rash and/or fevers, possibly in combina...

How To: Use proper draping techniques during a gynecology exam

In Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), doctors deal specifically with the female reproductive organs, which means a lot of visual inspection of the vaginal area. Whether you're a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or nursing assistant, knowing how to properly drape a patient is detrimental to the patient feeling protected and secure with the hospital staff, along with having some privacy. This video will cover different types of draping techniques.