Disconnected

I really liked the assignment of having to put down our electronics for a day and just enjoy the world and people around us. I often find myself distracted by social media, texts, and emails. At the beginning of my “disconnection”, which was Saturday at 0800, I felt good, like nothing had really happened yet. … Continue reading “Disconnected”

I really liked the assignment of having to put down our electronics for a day and just enjoy the world and people around us. I often find myself distracted by social media, texts, and emails. At the beginning of my “disconnection”, which was Saturday at 0800, I felt good, like nothing had really happened yet. I was productive with my school work and didn’t get distracted by the need to answer my phone whenever it lights up since I had turned it off. Around 1430 I was getting a little bored since neither of my roommates were home so I decided to take a break from studying and I went to Micheal’s craft store. When I got home I got really antsy since normally when I don’t want to study I will go on Facebook and waste time until I can muster up the courage to open my books. When I had started the day I wanted to go a full 12 hours without technology, but when 1830 rolled around I gave up and turned on the TV and my phone. It was interesting to see how much I rely on technology throughout my day. It was a good scenario to put myself through and it made me realize how much more productive I can be without technology disturbing me. The only thing that could’ve made this experience more positive would have been if my roommates were home. I thrive off human connection, and I was going a little nutty without it!

Tendons, Ligaments, and Menisci

Tendons: Jenny Mallen What you assess: assess level of pain, edema, tenderness, muscle spasm, degree of loss of function (if any) and range of motion; also assess precipitation factors (i.e. what pt. was doing when the pain first started) Limitations r/t mobility: can range of unnoticeable loss of function to full loss of function/mobility; rest … Continue reading “Tendons, Ligaments, and Menisci”


Tendons: Jenny Mallen
What you assess: assess level of pain, edema, tenderness, muscle spasm, degree of loss of function (if any) and range of motion; also assess precipitation factors (i.e. what pt. was doing when the pain first started)
Limitations r/t mobility: can range of unnoticeable loss of function to full loss of function/mobility; rest prevents additional injury and promotes healing; limitations may be added by a cast/brace/splint for a prescribed amount of time; elevation helps to control swelling; progressive passive and active exercises as healing occurs but immobilization may be needed for 3-6 weeks
Discharge Teaching: Rest, ice, compression, elevation of the affected extremity/part; heat may be applied after 72 hours as needed to relieve spasm; education about passive and active ROM exercises and how to care for the cast/brace/splint
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Ligaments: Alyssa Alvarado

What to Assess: tenderness, redness, heat or swelling of the injured site. The patient may also present with stiffness or pain in the area which might increase during the night time or when getting up in the morning. Lastly assess for any abnormal sounds (such as crunching) when moving the extremity or joint.

Limitations r/t mobility: range of movement will be affected by the patient experiencing pain and stiffness when attempting to perform ROM. The patient may be unable to walk or move the extremity due to the pain, or in fear of making the injury worse. Injuries that occur with the ligaments can cause weakness in the affected extremity or area.

Discharge teaching: Rest, applying cold packs for 10-15 mins for the first 72 hours to relive the inflammation and pain. Gentle ROM and stretching should be done to prevent any stiffness from occurring. When the injury has subsided, slowly increasing your activity to a normal level is advised to prevent further injury. If pain persists seeing a PT for form and proper movement maybe beneficial.

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Menisci: Megan Mixer

Assessment: edematous due to effusion, fluid shift, joint pain (upon palpation and on its own), asses pattern of gait, McMurray test, Apley test

Limitations: locking of the knee upon extension, sensation of “giving way” when walking or running, difficulty extending knee fully

Discharge Teaching: immobilize knee, use crutches, use analgesic agents such as NSAIDs, and modify activities that aggravate knee pain. Surgery will most likely follow to repair meniscus injury

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Vancomycin

Vancomycin is a nephrotoxic drug that is widely administered in the hospital setting. It is an antibiotic that is eliminated unchanged by the kidneys. In patients with renal impairment, dosage may be reduced. It is poorly absorbed through the GI tract, therefore it is mostly given via IV infusion. It is well distributed to most … Continue reading “Vancomycin”

Vancomycin is a nephrotoxic drug that is widely administered in the hospital setting. It is an antibiotic that is eliminated unchanged by the kidneys. In patients with renal impairment, dosage may be reduced. It is poorly absorbed through the GI tract, therefore it is mostly given via IV infusion. It is well distributed to most body fluids and tissues through IV infusion. It is important to check trough levels before administering vancomycin to avoid overdose. Also monitor I&O, cloudy or pink urine may be a sign of nephrotoxicity.

9/7/16 Discussion

My favorite electrolyte is Sodium because the range is very easy for me to remember and the manifestations make sense. My least favorite electrolyte is Magnesium because it has a strange range and isn’t as recognizable in manifestations. The photo I posted is of me when I first learned how to roller blade. I’m not … Continue reading “9/7/16 Discussion”

My favorite electrolyte is Sodium because the range is very easy for me to remember and the manifestations make sense. My least favorite electrolyte is Magnesium because it has a strange range and isn’t as recognizable in manifestations. The photo I posted is of me when I first learned how to roller blade. I’m not much better now, but I don’t wear the pads anymore! IMG_0188

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