Archive for September, 2013

Heavy Duty Bath Benches

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Bariatric Aluminum Bath Bench with BackMy friend’s father have a Bariatric Aluminum Bath Bench with Back.  His father lost the ability to sit up well. My friend like most things about it, and my friend’s father find it comfortable. His father weighs 192, and the Bariatric Aluminum Bath Bench with Back has a 550-lb. (249 kg) weight capacity. However, it is also difficult for him to raise him back to a more upright position after washing his hair and bathing him. In these cases, my friend thought that it might be easier for a PALS  or had a caregiver with a little more umpth than him.

I also have an uncle that can only stand in the shower for 3- 5 minutes, and he also have a Bariatric Bath Bench in his shower. Since the seat height of the bath bench is adjustable,  he can easily reach his feet to wash and scrub them. He loves  to wash his feet even if  they do not get sweaty and dirty since he is pretty much chair-bound. His shower has a handrail built in, so he’d use that to pull himself up from the bench if necessary. Over the years he had to purchase a few different bath benches before settling  with the Bariatric Bath Bench. He learned that getting the right one takes a lot of work with the right people at the right store.

The things my friend and uncle like the most about the  heavy duty bath benches  is that it is very sturdy, seat height is adjustable for a proper fit and a factor for many people with limited mobility, with a rubber feet to resist slipping on the bathtub or shower floor making it much easier to wash the whole body.

PALS Certification

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

You will find plenty of accredited ones online, but if your facility requires the American Heart Association ACLS and PALS, you’ll need to find an actual AHA (physical) class for your initial.

If you’re employed at a hospital, they may have those classes under their educational offerings. In some area, the classes of some hospitals are free for employees directly involved in patient care. The only cost is $6 for the card itself, and the book may also be an expense, which can usually be borrowed. However, a lot of times these hospital classes are also open to “outsiders” if space permits. You just have to pay the class fee.

You may also click here for PALS certification to complete the course and written exam online. However, there is a skills checklist that will still need to be completed in the hospital or under supervision by a nurse educator or someone already certified in ACLS/PALS.

Make sure what type of certification your employer wants. If they want AHA-accredited ACLS/PALS certification, then you must get it from the AHA. Any other accredited ACLS/PALS courses will not be accepted. You can review all of the online material on AHA’s website and then you will just have to schedule with an ACLS-certified instructor to do your skills test. You still have to pay for the course though. Your gonna have to take a two day class with other folks, sitting for 6-8 hours a day, being bored to death, then on the last day do the embarrassing “codes” and appear to know what you are talking about in the scenarios. Then you have to take a written test and pass. They won’t just “pass” you through because you paid your 200-400 dollars either. Nurses teach these classes and they will know if you are incompetent or haven’t learned anything in the class. You just have to muddle through and learn the stuff, even though you will rarely use it because most hospitals have rapid response teams and code teams who take over as soon as they arrive to pt’s room. It’s just another expensive class hospitals want us to have.

Also, check with your employer – they usually offer these classes at little or no cost for employees. Some hospitals offers them and all you have to do is pay for the book.