fresh post op amputee
- 0Oct 14, '05 by gizelda196Hi all,
can anyone tell me what a typical fresh post op bka care set of orders would be? do you routinly place limbs up on pillows and for how long?
we are discussing this at work right now. we dont get to many of theese in the unit Help
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- 0Oct 17, '05 by P_RN Senior ModeratorOur docs would typically have an AKA and sometimes a BKA patient lie prone several hours a day in order to keep the groin muscles and tendons from shortening. When supine not on a pillow of course. The patient will have a much easier time with prosthesis rehab that way.
In addition a snug fitting stump shrinker would be ordered after the initial bulky dressing was removed so that the stump would be formed into a "point" (I can't think of the word right now.) that would fit the prosthesis. A stump shrinker looks kind of like a ski cap made of spandex.