A pressure injury is an injury to the skin and the tissue under the skin. This pamphlet explains what causes pressure injuries, and what you and your health care team can do to help prevent pressure injuries. A list of symptoms that you should tell your nurse or another member of your health care team about is included. The French version of this pamphlet 1795, "Prévention des plaies de pression", is also available.
Hip protectors are plastic shields or foam pads used to protect the hip area. Why hip protectors are needed as well as how to use them are reviewed. A size measurement chart is included. Ask your occupational therapist or physiotherapist if hip protectors are right for you.
Negative pressure wound closure therapy is a portable (you can carry it with you) machine that uses controlled negative pressure (like a vacuum) to help heal wounds. This pamphlet answers common questions about using this therapy. Topics include safety at home, what the therapy feels like, moving around, bathing, how long to use the machine each day, dressing changes, and what to do if you are admitted to the hospital. What to do if the machine alarms, things to watch for, and when to contact a…
Arthritis affects many people, and it is becoming more common. It can cause pain and affect your mobility (movement), keeping you from doing the things you want to do. This pamphlet provides the top nine things you can do to help better manage your pain and improve your function.