Safely Using Medical Equipment


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Walkers, canes, lifts, transfer boards, Kinesiology tape, blood pressure monitors, inflatable ring cushions, slings, and on and on we go! There's a lot of medical equipment out there and if you are using it, it's important to use it safely in order to avoid injury to yourself and others. Most types of medical equipment have very specific instructions for use and they should be adhered to completely.
Before you begin using your medical equipment, examine it fully and become familiar with it. Check for dents, damage, or exposed wires. If the medical equipment is electronic, be sure the cord and plug are in good condition. Be sure the cord will not be in an area where it will be tripped over or where it will be exposed to heat or water. Even if you will not be the primary operator of the equipment, familiarize yourself with how to correctly operate the equipment. Read the instructions that come with the equipment, and ask your doctor any questions that arise. If you understand how the equipment is meant to function, you will be equipped to spot when it is malfunctioning.
Lastly, always keep your medical equipment clean. If you are at home, it is your responsibility to keep the equipment and its surroundings sterile. Those who are using the equipment should be wearing protective clothing such as gloves and masks. By educating yourself and following the correct guidelines for all medical equipment, you can receive the positive benefits intended.

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