By Ruth Garner

It is either a excitement and a privilege to be invited to give a contribution a foreword to this publication, which merits - and desires - to be learn by means of almost all people who's thinking about the therapy and subse­ quent welfare of the sufferers of critical accidents of the mind. a few buddies, kin and workmates may be helped through studying a few elements of it, yet, if the booklet has the influence it merits to have on therapists, nurses, medical professionals, and others operating in either hospitals and the neighborhood, those laymen should be definitely expert and assisted through a number of individuals of the inevitably huge healing staff. The advancements in equipment of resuscitation that experience taken position over the past forty years or so have abolished the formerly fatalistic readiness to just accept week or in coma after a head damage was once almost a sentence to demise from pneumonia. After it had develop into attainable to avoid wasting lives it steadily grew to become transparent that survival of the sufferer was once now not unavoidably by way of restoration of the mind and that the cost of good fortune, in saving lives, used to be a popula­ tion of cerebral cripples that was once expanding on the price of a thousand or extra a 12 months through the nation. even supposing this determine has remained in regards to the related for greater than twenty years, there was an excellent development within the quantity of curiosity, the normal of care and the standard of effects which are being achieved.

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2. Avoid placing clothes on the same coloured surface, for example do not put a white shirt on a white sheet. 3. Choose clothes that are plain - patterns distort outlines. 4. Choose clothes that have large, simple and few fastenings. 5. Think about how to present the clothes, preferably they should not be in a muddled mass. 6. Clues may need to be added to the garments to indicate the back/front, left/right, inside/outside. Labels, coloured thread or other marks may be used but should not be obvious once the garment is on.

8. Patients may find it useful to use a list of the order of dressing; symbols or words can be used. 9. Give verbal reinforcement throughout, depending on nature of perceptual impairment; 'your shoes are under the chair', 'put your left arm in the sleeve' and so on. 10. Be consistent in the timing, sequence and general method of dressing. CONTINENCE Control of the bladder and bowel is a complex act which is disturbed following severe head injury. Incontinence and retention result from disturbance of the afferent or efferent pathways between the brain and the viscera, or of pathways within the brain itself.

Whilst Tomlin and Chew were concerned with the numerous clinical conditions which necessitate this type of environment, we cannot dismiss the adverse effects when considering the head-injured patient. Although the patient may be unresponsive, or heavily sedated, there may be those who have fluctuations in levels of awareness, or who remain in ICU for long periods because of an unstable medical condition or the presence of serious associated injuries. Tomlin also found that increased attendance by relatives did not reduce these effects - patients gained substantial emotional benefit from relatives' visits only whilst they were present.

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