Assistive Devices...Totally confused!!

  1. Hello, all!
    I am very confused with the use of assistive devices ( especially canes and crutches and tractions). I just can't seem to grasp the way even if picturing myself in one or using one. Can someone help me and show me the easiest way to remeber the use of each of the devices..I think the only thing I can grasp is using crutches on the stairs...Up with the good and dwon with the bad...Arggghhhhhhh My exam is fast approaching!!!! Please help.....
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  3. by   PRnurse
    Quote from Cntw82BanRN
    Hello, all!
    I am very confused with the use of assistive devices ( especially canes and crutches and tractions). I just can't seem to grasp the way even if picturing myself in one or using one. Can someone help me and show me the easiest way to remeber the use of each of the devices..I think the only thing I can grasp is using crutches on the stairs...Up with the good and dwon with the bad...Arggghhhhhhh My exam is fast approaching!!!! Please help.....




    Hi!
    Remember the cane is use in the other side Ex. A patient with right CVA need to used the cane with the left hand for support. Opposite sides. I hope this help. Good luck in your test. I Know you going to pass
  4. by   genRN
    hi there im new to the site and i think i might have some tips for you. btw, i am just about to take the nclex too (next year hopefully). a friend and i grilled ourselves with assistive devices by actually not using one or both our legs and really do use the devices. experience helps a lot with retention. just use the devices and without reading the book, let ur instincts guide you. find the easiest way to use the devices.you'll be surprised that what you've just done is the actual stuff in the book

    also, i have my own code for cane walking- CAU (like in cancer danger signs, the first three letters of it) Cane, then Affected leg, and then the Unaffected leg.of course, while holding the cane at the unaffected side (if you were to hold the cane in the affected side,or the WEAK side, how are you supposed to bear your body weight, right?)
    its quite unconventional and a bit dangerous too but it really did help me, since i do have a difficult time memorizing gaits and stuff.
    hope this helps
  5. by   SasRN
    Hi Cntw82BanRN,

    Here is a link for the different assistive devices and the proper use of them. There is an old post in here from a guy who gave an easy way to remember them, if I can find it I will post it for you. SasRN

    http://connection.lww.com/Products/t...ments/Ch26.pdf
  6. by   Cntw82BanRN
    thank you all for the reply. SasRN, the site is very helpful...thanks for sharing this info.

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