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  • CPR is a basic life support technique that might keep a victim alive until advanced medical help takes over. Periodically, the American Heart Association revises their guidelines for performing CPR. Keep reading to learn more.

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  • Knowing first aid and CPR can be empowering! These are skills you can use at work, at home, and even in public places!

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  • Fire safety, at its most basic, is based upon the principle of keeping fuel sources and ignition sources separate.

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  • Fire safety refers to precautions that are taken to prevent or reduce the likelihood of a fire that may result in death, injury, or property damage, alert those in a structure to the presence of an uncontrolled fire in the event one occurs, better enable those threatened by a fire to survive, or to reduce the damage caused by a fire. Fire safety measures include those that are planned during the construction of a building or implemented in structures that are already standing, and those that are taught to occupants of the building.

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  • Keep reading to learn more about human needs - and what you can do to help your clients meet these basic requirements.

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  • In this inservice, you’ll learn all about the ADLs. You’ll explore the different levels of functioning your client may have and how you can help each client maintain or regain independence. Be sure to look for the companion inservice, Helping with IADLs, to learn all about instrumental activities of daily living!

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  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use causes more deaths each year than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, suicides, motor vehicle injuries, and murders combined.

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  • After finishing this inservice, you will be able to:
    Discuss how force, impact and location relate to brain and spinal cord injuries. Describe the three basic stages of grief that may occur after a serious injury. Describe at least four  complications of traumatic brain injuries and how you can help. Describe at least four complications of spinal   cord injuries and how you can help

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  • Mentally ill Clients
    A mental disorder or mental illness is a psychological pattern, potentially reflected in behavior, that is generally associated with distress or disability, and which is not considered part of normal development of a person's culture. Mental disorders are generally defined by a combination of how a person feels, acts, thinks or perceives. This may be associated with particular regions or functions of the brain or rest of the nervous system, often in a social context.

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  • Mental retardation (MR) is a generalized disorder appearing before adulthood, characterized by significantly impaired cognitive functioning and deficits in two or more adaptive behaviors. It has historically been defined as an Intelligence Quotient score under 70. Once focused almost entirely on cognition, the definition now includes both a component relating to mental functioning and one relating to individuals' functional skills in their environment.

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  • After finishing this inservice, you will be able to:
    List five critical factors that must be present for successful communication. Compare receptive and expressive communication problems. List at least three ways you can help clients with hearing loss, dementia and stroke communicate their needs. Discuss the role of the speech therapist  and help client reach their speech goals.

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  • Difficult & Combative People, without prudence expresses thoughts and feelings at the time, no matter if you can offend others, is clear, says it all clearly, very sincere. It does not take into account the consequences of their actions. Easily hurts others and is in danger of not being accepted.

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  • Dementia isn't a specific disease - It's a group of symptoms. Demending on the type and the underlying cause, dementia can affect the way a person thinks, functions and the way he or she interacts with others.

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  • Keep reading to learn more about phobias - and how you can help clients who suffer from this common problem.

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  • The term schizophrenia literally means "split mind". It's not a very good name for the disease and is probably the reason why many people think schizophrenia involves a split personality or multiple personalities.

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  • When the hepatitis virus invades the liver, it causes inflammation and keeps the liver from performing all its jobs... and this can cause widespread problems throughout the entire body.

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  • An estimated 46 million adults in the United States have some form of arthritis. And, it is estimated that at least half of all adults over age 65 suffer from arthritis pain.

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  • After finishing this inservice, you will be able to:
    Define seizure and describe how recurrent seizures lead to a diagnosis of epilepsy. Explain what happens to the body during a seizure and describe what you will do when a seizure happens.
    Compare the symptoms of generalized seizures to symptoms of partial seizures. Monitor clients on anti-seizure medication for compliance. Demonstrate safety precautions for clients with seizure disorders.

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  • After finishing this inservice, you will be able to:
    Describe the connection between insulin and diabetes. Compare the risk factors for  type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Name at least five symptoms of diabetes. Discuss how to help diabetic clients prevent hypoglycemia. Describe how diet, exercise and medications work together to treat diabetes.

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  • Alzheimer's disease (AD), also known in medical literature as Alzheimer disease, is the most common form of dementia. There is no cure for the disease, which worsens as it progresses, and eventually leads to death.

    Although Alzheimer's disease develops differently for every individual, there are many common symptoms. Early symptoms are often mistakenly thought to be 'age-related' concerns, or manifestations of stress.In the early stages, the most common symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events.

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  • Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. The diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old. Autism affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize; how this occurs is not well understood.

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  • After finishing this inservice, you will be able to:
    Define confidentiality. Explain why confidentiality is important
    for quality client care. Describe at least four ways confidentiality can be broken during daily work. Discuss HIPAA and its requirements. Demonstrate how  you maintain 
    confidentiality in your daily work.

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  • Preparation for winter is definitely worthwhile. The extra attention you give to stocking your emergency kits and ensuring clients' homes are heated will pay off. It may seem excessive at times, but for a mere inconvenience now, you might save your life and/or a client's life somewhere down the line.

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  • You don't have to be another statistic. Protect your body from injury by working smarter every day! Keep reading to learn how!

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  • Keep reading to learn more about home safety. You'll also pick up some tips for keeping your home care clients (and yourself) safe in both day-to-day and emergency situations.

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  • Exposure to medications like anti-cancer drugs, hormones and anti-virals, can lead to reproductive problems, a weakened immune system or can even alter the DNA in healthy cells of healthcare workers who are exposed. Keep reading to learn why and how you need to protect yourself and your clients from exposure to hazardous chemicals.

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  • OSHA, The Occupational Safety and Health Act was signed into law on December 29, 1970, by President Richard M. Nixon. However, the drive to make American workplaces safer did not begin with OSHA. In fact, it started about one hundred years earlier.

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  • After finishing this inservice, you will be able to:
    Name at least four factors that put people at risk for back problems. Describe two common back problems. Discuss at least three ways that back pain is treated. Describe the three natural curves of the spine and how they relate to posture. Demonstrate correct posture an body mechanics as you function in your job.

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  • After finishing this inservice, you will be able to:
    Discuss why sick and/or elderly people are at greater risk for heat-related illnesses. Describe the symptoms of at least three common heat-related illnesses. Define summer weather terms and demonstrate how to use the Heat Index. List at least four ways to stay safe on the roads during the summer months. Demonstrate your
    understanding of heat-related illnesses during your daily work with your clients.

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  • In the last several decades there has been a gradual change where people with developmental disabilities live and work. While many people strill reside in congregate or large residential facilities and work in sheltered workshops, there has been movement toward a more typical life style for people with developmental disabilities. Full community integration can help each individual participate and contribute to the community as they desire. It can also aid in building relationships as people have the opportunity to learn, grow and develpo interests that can have a positive impact on quality of life.

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  • Medications are used to enhance the quality of life for people. The benefits are many.
    However, whenever medications are used, the potential for unwanted effects and reactions is always present. As a support staff person, you will need to watch fore these effects and reactions, so that good decisions regarding medication use can be made.

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  • Keep reading to learn how you can get everything done during your day by setting priorities.

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  • Understanding the principles of time mangagement wil lhelp you simplify your busy life.

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  • A full-blown conflict can begin with different opinions, but it grows into something much larger. generally, it is not what people say, but how they act, that causes a disagreement to escalate into a conflict.

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  • High levels of stress over a period of time can be harmful to your health. If you experience serious symptoms of stress, you should consult your doctor. If you notice them in your clients—talk to your supervisor. Here are some common symptoms of stress, and the bad effects that a lot of stress can cause.

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  • Do you see yourself as part of a professional health care team? You are. As a nursing assistant, you make a valuable contribution to your clients and your coworkers. This is true whether you work in a nursing home, a hospital, a client’s home or some other setting. For health care employees, being professional means acting in a kind, but businesslike manner.

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  • The term “wellness” means so much more than just being free from disease. Wellness is what’s known as an “holistic” concept. This means that it involves the whole person, not just someone’s blood pressure, body fat, exercise routine or eating habits.

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  • The basic definition of sexual harassment comes from the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):

    “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.”

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  • The dictionary defines a preceptor as “an expert or a specialist who gives practical experience and training to a student (or new hire), especially in medicine or nursing”.

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  • Custpmer Service is i
    - Having a fresh approach to each of your clients and your coworkers - because everyone is an individual.
    - Finding new ways to do things better all the time
    Working to solve problems as soon as they come up. 

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  • The goal of this course is to effectively educate the employees of Network of Community Options on the required training topics set by DDS

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  • Outline events associated with the chain of infection and discuss your role in breaking the chain. Discuss the importance of proper hand-washing as part of your daily infection control practices.

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  • You can be certain there are germs on your hands! Therefore, you have to make a choice to wash them away before they make you or someone else sick.

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  • There is a "new and improved" superbug out there call MRSA (often pronounced "mersa"). The MRSA bacteria is known officialy as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus--and it's on the prowl, looking for people to infect!

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  • Standard precautions are the “common sense” infection control guidelines you should follow as you perform your daily tasks with clients.

    Standard Precautions apply to all your clients, no matter what their diagnosis—even if they don’t seem sick!

    Standard Precautions means you assume all blood, body fluids,
    secretions, open wounds, and mucous membranes contain an
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