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Module 8: Pressure injuries after stroke

Disclaimer: The contents of this series are for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. You should always consult with your healthcare professional before starting a new treatment or changing or stopping the current treatment. This post covers the following topics; you can read more through the links provided within the text. Skin structure What is a pressure injury, how it occurs Common sites of pressure injuries…

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Module 7: Physical activities and exercise in stroke recovery

At the end of this module, you will be able to; 5.1. Describe the importance of initiating physical activity and exercise in stroke recovery 5.2. Principles of post-stroke exercises 5.3. Type of exercises we should promote and its frequency 5.4. Motivators and barriers to continue exercises 5.1. The importance of initiating physical activities and exercise as early as possible In Module 4, we saw the brain’s recovery attempts after a stroke. We can help the…

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A free screen reader for the visually impaired

A stroke may either weaken vision or completely shut it off. And, those who are aged may have lower vision due to age. This is another barrier to improve communication of the stroke survivors as well as those already visually impaired. Because of this, they are unable to socialize with their friends, read news, learn or engage in compatible jobs. What if they have a method that it reads the computer screen? These are “screen…

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Module 6: Post-stroke rehabilitation

Introduction to the Module 6 This module discusses the concept of post-stroke rehabilitation. This is where stroke carers have a big role to play. Here, we discuss when the post-stroke rehabilitation begins, what aspects it includes, and the current expert recommendations. Learning objectives At the end of this module, you will be able to describe the components of post-stroke rehabilitation. What is post-stroke rehabilitation? It has three goals: Re-learning the lost skills Managing existing problems…

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Module 5: Deficits and health problems after a stroke

Introduction In Module 4, we discussed the brain’s recovery attempts after a stroke. However hard the brain attempts reverting to its pre-stroke functional level, it cannot regain everything lost; some of them will, however, reappear with time – mostly within the first six months post-stroke. Regaining the lost functions with time follows a non-linear trajectory as we learned in module 4. The rest will persist – as deficits – sometimes permanently. And, new health problems…

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Module 4: Brain’s post-stroke recovery attempts

At the end of this module, you will be able to describe; How our brain re-organizes after a stroke attack along a non-linear trajectory and adapts itself to continue its tasks From the previous modules; In Module 1, we discussed what the word, stroke, refers to: “Cell death that occurs in the brain, spinal cord, and retina attributable to the interruption to the blood supply”. It also dealt with stroke types including “mini-stroke” and characteristics…

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Module 3: Stroke warning signs and symptoms

Introduction to the module 3: Module 3 discusses common stroke warning signs and symptoms, how those relate to the brain basics that we discussed in Module 2. Then, we will delve into the popular F.A.S.T. stroke awareness campaign. I encourage you to re-visit module 2 – brain basics – for a better understanding of how the warning signs occur. Learning objectives: 3.1. Stroke warning signs and symptoms 3.2. The F.A.S.T. campaign 3.3. The concept of…

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Module 2: Brain Basics for stroke carers

At the end of this module – brain basics for stroke carers – you will be able to describe the brain’s basic anatomy and functions that could be affected by stroke. In Module 1 – Stroke basics for stroke carers – we peeped into the definitions of the word, stroke, different stroke types, what happens in a stroke, and who are at risk. 2.1. Brain covers 2.2. Brain surface map 2.2.1. Frontal lobe and Broca’s…

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Module 1: Stroke basics for stroke carers

This is the module 1 of this e-learning course; It deals with types of stroke, and who are at risk.

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Detrimental effects of prolonged bed rest

Have you thought about this? About the detrimental effects of prolonged bed rest? This post is about that. A little bit of history about bed rest research Researchers say that bed rest was considered as a treatment strategy in the 19th century. This view was beginning to change at the turning to the 20th century. In 1947, Dr. R.A.J. Asher wrote an article to the British Medical Journal about “Dangers of going to bed”. His…

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