I stumbled upon this blog and I was impressed. It’s called doc meg’s hideout. With each entry there is a powerpoint presentation that explains the topic. Check it out :)
Timed Get Up and Go Test for mobility in older patients. Ideally patient should rise from a chair with arms crossed.
> 20seconds = fall risk
Alternative Hip Replacement Technique Results in Faster Recovery
Only 15 Percent of Joint Replacement Specialists in Nation Capable of Muscle-Sparing Approach
University of California, San Diego Health System is one of only a few hospitals in the nation to offer computer-assisted navigation technology with the direct anterior hip replacement technique, potentially resulting in less pain, faster recovery and fewer dislocations for patients with osteoarthritis and other forms of degenerative joint disease.
Only 15 percent of the top joint centers in the United States have the expertise and technological capability to perform an anterior hip replacement, where the incision is made in the front (anterior) of the hip as opposed to the side (lateral) or back (posterior). The anterior approach allows the surgeon to work in between a natural muscle plane without detaching muscles or tendons from the hip or thigh bone, avoiding undue trauma to the muscle and surrounding tissue.
“With traditional hip replacements, we have to cut muscle to do the surgery, which affects the recovery process and may limit immediate hip movement in the early post-operative period,” said Francis Gonzales, MD, orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult joint reconstruction at UC San Diego Health System. “The muscle-sparing approach is performed in between muscle groups, gently pushing the muscle aside during the hip replacement instead of cutting through it.”
UC San Diego Health System performs a high volume of anterior hip replacements annually, making it a leader in the region on the technique.
For those of you who struggle with telemetry, here is a video that breaks down how to read an EKG strip.