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Ankle Foot Orthoses and the Role of an Orthotist

Ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) are a type of brace designed to provide support, and joint alignment of the foot and ankle for patients with neurological or musculoskeletal caused walking disorders or muscle weakness.  Some conditions that can cause muscle weakness … Continued

Spinal Pain: Pain Management

There are many possible ways to treat or manage spinal pain ranging from conservative, non-invasive to surgical intervention.  Two common types of pain management used for patients with spinal pain include non-interventional and interventional. Non-interventional or conservative pain management methods … Continued

A Day in the Life Video Use

Nurse life care planners typically interview a patient in their home when creating a life care plan. A home visit is conducted to view and document the plaintiff’s home environment in order to better understand the plaintiff’s needs.  One way … Continued

Tips for Wearing a Face Mask

Correctly wearing a face mask is one of the most effective ways to help stop the spread of COVID-19, however, when people aren’t careful with the way they are wearing, removing, or handling their masks, it can increase the risk of exposure to themselves and others.

Required Elements for Nurse Life Care Planning Testimony

Dawn Cook’s article “Required Elements for Nurse Life Care Planning Testimony” was recently published by the American Association of Life Care Planners (AANLCP) in their Journal of Nurse Life Care Planning Summer 2020 vol. XX, no.3 edition.

Considerations When Buying a Stairlift

A stairlift, also commonly referred to as a chair lift, is a quiet comfortable piece of equipment used to assist with stair mobility. During the creation of a life care plan, consideration is given to a patient’s ability, lifestyle and level of risk to ensure the best equipment is utilized for quality of life and independence.

Acquired Brain Injury and Music Therapy

Acquired brain injuries are often seen in life care planning and affect a patient’s ability to function physically, emotionally as well as they may experience behavioral instability and can severely influence the lives of those affected.

June is PTSD Awareness Month

The month of June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness month.  Although this disorder used to be called “shell shock,” as it often affects war veterans, PTSD can affect anyone who has experienced a traumatic event that involved a real … Continued

Prosthesis and Residual Limb Sweating

Post limb amputation skin management can be a challenge for many patients. According to Dr. Colby Hansen’s article in inMotion Magazine (2020), a common cause of prosthesis discomfort and skin issues on a residual limb is sweating or residual limb … Continued

Dawn presents at HealthCon

The American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) is the world’s largest training and credentialing organization for the business of healthcare, with more than 190,000 members worldwide who work in medical coding, medical billing, clinical documentation improvement, medical auditing, healthcare compliance, revenue cycle management, … Continued