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Chapter 9: Antibacterial Soap

Posted by Cristy Chuparkoff on April 21, 2019 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Is antibacterial soap more effective than regular soap at killing germs? 

The FDA responded to this question in 2013 after their research concluded that consumers were paying a premium for "antibacterial" products without getting any added benefit. Washing hands with "antibacterial" soap is no more effective than regular soap at killing germs. Additionally, potential risks have been associated with long-term use of "antibacterial" products, including the antibiotic resistance and possible hormone disruption. 

I did find one potential benefit from a 1997 study that showed one "antibacterial" agent, triclosan, did have some benefits in the prevention of gingivitis. There may be other benefits I am not aware of. We have antibacterial soap at INHE so I wonder if they are aware of any. I have sent an email to get Antonio's thoughts on this question. 

Chapter 9: Good Samaritan Law

Posted by Cristy Chuparkoff on April 20, 2019 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The website in the book is no longer valid, so I did an internet search on the Good Samaritan Law. If a trained individual administers emergency care without a fee to someone in good faith, they shall not be held liable should they cause injuries or death, as long as there is no willful or wanton misconduct. 

Chapter 9: Seize the Day

Posted by Cristy Chuparkoff on April 20, 2019 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Because Moxie appeared to have had a seizure for more than 5 minutes, Chantal should call 911. For continuity of care, she should inform emergency services that Moxie has a history of seizures, that she was unusually tired and that she was speaking only in single syllables. She should also mention that Moxie had recently discontinued her seizure medications during her pregnancy and was to remain off the medication until she was finished nursing the baby. 

Moxie might feel tired and confused after the seizure, and have no recollection of the event. Chantal should gently place Moxie on the floor and put a cushion or something soft under her head to protect it from hitting the floor. She should also remain with Moxie until the seizure ends, then ask some simple questions in a calm and reassuring voice. 

Chapter 11: Pregnancy

Posted by Cristy Chuparkoff on April 18, 2019 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

When I was pregnant with twins, I had such low-back pain that I was seeing the chiropractor every other day. Literally. One day he asked me if I'd ever thought of doing yoga. I said yes, but didn't know where to go. He sent me to a new studio down the street and it changed my life. They put me in a reclined butterfly position, nicely propped up and snugged in with a strap. It relieved all of my back pain and I have been a lover of yoga ever since. In addition to yoga, massage and other self-care methods can be super helpful to keep a pregnant body happy and well. 

Chapter 11: Hospice Care

Posted by Cristy Chuparkoff on April 18, 2019 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

1. Members of the hospice team include:

  • doctors
  • nurses
  • home care aides
  • social workers
  • trained volunteers
2. 48% of Medicare patients who died received one or more days of hospice care.
3. Patients can be referred for hospice care with a prognosis of 6 months or less. Many patients receive hospice care within just 3-4 weeks of death.
4. 60% of patients would prefer to die at home, however, most patients die in nursing homes and hospitals.
5. Cancer is the most common diagnosis among hospice patients, followed by dementia, heart disease, and lung disease. 

Chapter 11: Amyo...What?

Posted by Cristy Chuparkoff on April 18, 2019 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

When a client arrives with a condition you are unfamiliar with, a comprehensive intake is necessary to determine whether or not massage is appropriate. In the case of Stephanie's client with ALS, it would be prudent to do a google search to become familiar with the diagnosis. She should also ask the client probing questions. If necessary, obtain a doctor's note. Assuming it would be alright to proceed with a treatment, modifications would need to be made. She and the client would have to decide if the treatment would take place in the wheelchair or if proper modifications could be made using the table, taking into account safe transfer from chair to table and back. Likely adjustments might include slowing down the pace of movement, lightening up on pressure, and possibly shortening the session. 

Chapter 13: Should Reflexologist Obtain a Massage License?

Posted by Cristy Chuparkoff on April 18, 2019 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

My personal feeling is that becasuse reflexology is a manipulation of soft tissue for the purpose of promoting wellness, that individuals should be both properly trained and licensed in order to practice. On the other hand, reflexologists are specifically exempt in the state of Illinois according to AMTA's Illinois chapter website.

Chapter 13: Reflexology Resesarch

Posted by Cristy Chuparkoff on April 18, 2019 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

  1. Reflux-Stimulation of the lower esophageal sphincter regulated the vagus nerve and resulted in effective relief of reflux. 
  2. Dementia-massage improved quality of life for nursing home patients with dementia and improved memory for some
  3. Kidney stones-massage was effective in eliminating kidney stones
  4. Infertility-2 of 3 studies found reflexology to be effective for infertility and resulted in pregnancies. One of the studies found health benefits but did not draw conclusions with regards to infertility.
  5. Liver-reflexology stimulation of the liver point resulted in overall therapeutic effect on the body. Furthermore, reflexology was effective in identifying liver conditions. 

Chapter 13: Be Cautious of Labels

Posted by Cristy Chuparkoff on April 15, 2019 at 6:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Delores' client, Natalie, showed up with whisky on her breath and seemingly intoxicated. To make sure there was no misunderstanding, she should complete the intake to make sure that Natalie's behavior was not related to prescription medications or a medical condition. If Natalie was intoxicated, the massage should be rescheduled. If Natalie's behavior was realted to meds or a medical condition, Delores would have to use her best judgement to determine if it was safe to proceed with the massage. 

If Delorex showed signs of intoxication and she was an employee, she should be given a warning and sent home immediately, if not let go. Another violation would result in probation or termination, depending on the facility's policies and procedures. 

ch. 3

Posted by Alexandra on April 11, 2019 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The last massage i received i remember walking into the building and there being a nice scent that was not over powering. The lighting was appropreiate to the tinme of day and yet still worked to keep the area in a relaxing state. The room was clean and tidy, the sheets looked clean and smelled clean, the room was decorated but not too much just enough to give the room a nice calm feeling. The therapist asked ahead of time if there were smells or allergens in order to avoid smells i dislike or can not have come in contact with me.