By Ruth Garner
It is either a excitement and a privilege to be invited to give a contribution a foreword to this booklet, which merits - and desires - to be learn via nearly each person who's serious about the remedy and subse quent welfare of the sufferers of serious accidents of the mind. a few pals, kinfolk and workmates could be helped by way of interpreting a few elements of it, yet, if the publication has the influence it merits to have on therapists, nurses, medical professionals, and others operating in either hospitals and the group, those laymen may be definitely trained and assisted via a number of participants of the inevitably huge healing staff. The advancements in tools of resuscitation that experience taken position over the past forty years or so have abolished the formerly fatalistic readiness to simply accept week or in coma after a head damage used to be nearly a sentence to demise from pneumonia. After it had turn into attainable to avoid wasting lives it steadily turned transparent that survival of the sufferer was once no longer unavoidably through restoration of the mind and that the cost of luck, in saving lives, was once a popula tion of cerebral cripples that used to be expanding on the price of one thousand or extra a yr in the course of the state. even though this determine has remained in regards to the related for greater than twenty years, there was a very good development within the volume of curiosity, the normal of care and the standard of effects which are being achieved.
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Soft, melodic music is restful, but loud, powerful music is excitatory. Your own voice can be used either to elicit movement by using short sharp commands, or to relax the patient by talking in soft tones. With this knowledge, auditory stimulation can be carefully controlled, generally beginning the session with excitatory sounds (unless the patient is very agitated), and ending with soothing ones so as not to leave the patient in an agitated, anxious, or restless condition. Sight Opening the eyes may be facilitated by stroking the lids in an upward direction and holding them open for a short period.
In the interests of consistency in methods of good dressing, all team members should be kept up to date, and the order and methods of dressing should be listed and kept in the dressing area. Even with a consistent approach, the patient may insist on adopting his own method according to previous habits or because of ease of results. Those methods adopted may not be the methods prescribed by the therapist but may have to be accepted if one is unable to gain the patient's co-operation in practising new techniques.
Positioning of patients is further discussed in Chapter 5. The entire treatment team should be in agreement as to the positions of nursing, treatment and leisure to be adopted. Health and Safety regulations still apply and must be complied with. 20 STIMULATION PROGRAMME STIMULATION PROGRAMME The stimulation programme is not something which is conducted primarily by one individual for set periods each day; it should be carried out by the entire treatment team, including relatives, during contact with the patient wherever that may be, and at times when he will be most responsive.
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