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Restorative Care: Using Splints, Orthoses, and Prostheses
Publisher: MC/CP
Geriatrics & Gerontology

Splints, orthoses, and prostheses are invaluable tools to restorative care and in daily life. In a long term care setting, splints and other orthoses are often used to prevent the contractures or deformities that can occur when a resident is experiences full or even partial immobility resulting from an illness or accident. Along with splints and orthoses, prostheses also often play a key role in restorative care. In addition to their use as a restorative device, orthotic devices may be used on a permanent basis to support or assist a resident or person with a functional limitation (e.g., a posterior ankle foot orthosis for a person with drop foot). As a restorative care CNA, you are responsible for identifying orthotic devices commonly found in long term care facilities, placing and applying such equipment correctly, making sure that the skin under an orthotic or prosthetic device is clean and dry, and reporting any skin shearing or other signs of skin breakdown resulting from improper care. In addition to the obvious skin breakdown, you are in a position to identify when a device either deteriorates or breaks so that it no longer provides the originally desired function.

Content level: Intermediate/advanced

After completing this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • identify the most typical conditions and diagnoses of those patients who might require a splint, orthosis, or prosthesis.
  • identify common problems associated with wearing, donning, and doffing a splint, orthosis, or prosthesis.
  • explain why it is so important to properly care for residents who require splints, orthoses, or prostheses.
  • identify the splints, orthoses, and prostheses commonly found in long term care settings.
  • properly don and doff a splint, orthosis, or prosthesis to assist residents in their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
  • Video Restorative Care: Using Splints, Orthoses, and Prostheses
    Format NTSC Video Format
    Publisher Catalog Number PRI158
    Copyright Year 2005
    Caveat This product is non-returnable. No refunds. Pre-payment required.
    $289.00  
    VideoDisc Restorative Care: Using Splints, Orthoses, and Prostheses, DVD
    Format Software
    Publisher Catalog Number PRI158-DVD
    Copyright Year 2005
    Caveat This product is non-returnable. No refunds. Pre-payment required.
    $329.00  
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