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What’s the best way to do daily skin inspections?

What’s the best way to do daily skin inspections?

Kim Eberhardt Muir, MS

Program Specialist, Spinal Cord Injury Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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We do have long-handled mirrors that we use; you can buy them commercially, and you can teach yourself to use them, and we would teach you at rehab a lot of times, or a family member how to inspect daily.  I always tell people, “Do it whil... Show More

We do have long-handled mirrors that we use; you can buy them commercially, and you can teach yourself to use them, and we would teach you at rehab a lot of times, or a family member how to inspect daily.  I always tell people, “Do it while you’re dressing;” it’s the easiest time to do so.  You learn how to roll that way; you learn a little about what it looks like, what it should look like.  But if you have any skin sore, you should also look at that to see if it’s changing day to day.  If you notice redness, the next day it’s even more red, that something that you want to talk to a doctor or nurse about, because most often what we tell people is to stay off that area, and to limit the amount of time you’re in a wheelchair.

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What’s the best way to do daily skin inspections?

Kim Eberhardt Muir, MS

Program Specialist, Spinal Cord Injury Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

More Videos by Kim Eberhardt Muir
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We do have long-handled mirrors that we use; you can buy them commercially, and you can teach yourself to use them, and we would teach you at rehab a lot of times, or a family member how to inspect daily.  I always tell people, “Do it while you’re dressing;” it’s the easiest time to do so.  You learn how to roll that way; you learn a little about what it looks like, what it should look like.  But if you have any skin sore, you should also look at that to see if it’s changing day to day.  If you notice redness, the next day it’s even more red, that something that you want to talk to a doctor or nurse about, because most often what we tell people is to stay off that area, and to limit the amount of time you’re in a wheelchair.

What’s the best way to do daily skin inspections?
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