Omaha, NE (March 7, 2014) - In the winter months, you may see an increase in the number of patients coming to the office on travel therapy jobs, especially if you are working with seniors. Aureus Medical Group, a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, explains why you may see more patients this winter on travel PT assignments.
So, what's the cause of this? Throughout this chilly time of year, a great deal of the country sees ice and snow – a factor that has been especially true this year. Unfortunately, the poor weather conditions can lead to slips, falls and injuries – most commonly in the elderly. Amanda Helgoe, a physical therapist from Fargo, N.D., told local ABC affiliate WDAY that she has seen more patients than usual due to this season's weather conditions, with some of the most commonly injured areas involving the back, hips and ankles.
Walking on ice
Avoiding an injury isn't the only reason to take precautions when walking on ice, it can also save your life. According to Tablet Infographics, 60 people die every year due to slips on icy pavement. Generally, when we walk, our legs support our weight when we're mid-stride. However, this leads to instability of the body, and often falling. Instead, we should be walking like penguins – let's face it, these birds know what's up. This information is worth sharing with those you are treating on travel PT jobs, as it can prevent further injury. So, how does one walk like a penguin? The key is to maintain your center of gravity, and you can do so by taking smaller steps and keeping your leg straight when weight is put on it.
Read the full article for other safety tips.
About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.