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About custom arch supports  
Abstract: This brochure explains common foot conditions where custom arches, also called orthotics, are used. It also covers how casts of the feet are taken, breaking in custom arches, the first check-up, care of arches, and costs.
Author: Bone and Joint Center/Hand Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 7/2013
About your ostomy care supply order  
Abstract: This handout explains how to get supplies for ostomy care after leaving the hospital. A list of ostomy suppliers, both in the Seattle area and online, is included.
Author: Wound and Ostomy Care Service
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 8/2012
Building ramps and handrails: To keep you safe at home  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for building ramps and stair handrails for safety and mobility at home.
Author: Occupational Therapy/Rehab Medicine
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2011
Caring for your central venous catheter: For adult patients  
Abstract: This handout was written by staff at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA). It is available on Health Online as a courtesy to patients and staff at UWMC and SCCA. Included are step-by-step instructions on flushing the catheter, protecting the central line when bathing, and changing the dressing.
Author: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 12/2011
Caring for your pacemaker: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout provides information for patients that is useful right after their pacemaker is put in place, and later, as their life returns to normal. Included are sections on wound care, activity restrictions, follow-up appointments, special long-term precautions (travel, magnetic fields, use of cell phones and other electronic devices, dental work, etc.), and contact information for four pacemaker manufacturers.
Author: Cardiac Electrophysiology Lab/Regional Heart Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 7/2014
Caring for your removable denture  
Abstract: This handout explains how to take care of dentures. Care tips for oral health are included.
Author: Dental Clinic (Hospital)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 11/2006
Cleaning leg bags and overnight bags  
Abstract: This handout explains the 14 steps to follow to clean and disinfect urinary drainage bags for reuse.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 2/2012
Cleaning red rubber catheters  
Abstract: This handout outlines the supplies needed and steps to follow to sterilize red rubber catheters.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 3/2012
Compression stockings: What they are for and how to find the right ones for you  
Abstract: This handout explains what compression stockings are, how they work, and the different "strengths" that are available. It includes a list of local and online resources for buying compression stockings.
Author: Dermatology Center/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 9/2016
Dengue and other illnesses carried by mosquitoes: Tips for travelers  
Abstract: This brochure explains how travelers to tropical and subtropical areas can protect themselves from illnesses carried by mosquitoes. Included are symptoms and other information about dengue fever and chikungunya fever.
Author: Family Medicine Center-RII
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 9/2011
External (condom) catheter for men  
Abstract: This handout describes the 10 steps to follow to use an external (condom) catheter.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 1/1999
Figure-8 ace wrap of the leg  
Abstract: This handout explains why a figure-8 ace wrap of the leg is done, and provides a list of supplies needed and steps to follow for wrapping. An illustration is included.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 7/2004
Foley Catheter: Using an indwelling urethral (Foley) catheter  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions on how to use an indwelling urethral (Foley) catheter.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 5/2012
Going home with your PleurX drain: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout explains how to care for a PleurX drain after it is placed. This handout gives only basic information. For more detailed instructions, read the "Instructions for Use" materials that come with the drainage kits, and watch the video.
Author: 4S (Special Procedure Unit)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 2/2014
Hearing aid services  
Abstract: Explains the anatomy of a hearing aid and describes conventional, programmable, and digital hearing aids. Describes evaluations used to determine need, selection, and fitting. Also discusses insurance coverage, 30-day trial period, and fitting visit schedule. Provides resource list.
Author: Audiology Clinic/Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1998
Revised Date: 3/2008
Home tube feeding guide  
Abstract: This booklet provides instructions for tube feeding and offers tips for preventing or managing common side effects, including diarrhea, constipation, stomach upset, and dehydration. Includes simple illustrations showing a gastrostomy tube and pump and gravity drip methods of feeding.
Author: Nutrition Clinic/Med Spec Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 11/2009
How to change a Foley catheter: Step-by-step instructions for the caregiver  
Abstract: This handout gives step-by-step instructions for changing a Foley catheter, a tube placed in the bladder to drain urine for patients with medical conditions that prevent normal urination.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 2/2012
Leg bag assembly  
Abstract: This handout explains how to put together a leg bag, which is used to collect urine.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1993
Revised Date: 3/2012
Lifting you safely: Using equipment to lift or reposition you  
Abstract: This handout describes the different types of equipment staff use to help lift or reposition a patient. It includes answers to common questions, such as: How does it work? Is it scary? Is it safe?
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 9/2015
Malaria: Tips for travelers  
Abstract: This handout explains how travelers to tropical and subtropical areas can protect themselves from getting malaria. Included are symptoms of the disease and detailed information about various drugs currently being used to prevent malaria.
Author: Family Medicine Center-RII
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 10/2011
Managing your new ostomy  
Abstract: This handout explains how to care for a new ostomy, in particular how to obtain a good seal and how to protect the skin.
Author: Wound and Ostomy Care Service
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 2/2012
Memory aids for taking medications  
Abstract: This handout describes and shows several products that can help patients organize their medications and remember to take them.
Author: Patient and Family Education Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 5/2016
Otosclerosis and stapes surgery: What to expect  
Abstract: Explains what otosclerosis is, how it develops, normal ear function, and related hearing loss: stapedial otosclerosis and cochlear otosclerosis. Discusses treatment options such as medical intervention, hearing aids, and stapes surgery. Explains in detail the stapes surgery process, hearing improvement, reduction of tinnitus, and potential complications. Includes anatomy and procedure-related llustrations, and contact phone numbers for further information.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 3/2010
Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) and midline catheters: patient's guide to PICC and midline catheters  
Abstract: This handout describes the use of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) and midline catheters in long-term intravenous therapy at home. It explains how and where they are inserted and the conditions for which they are used. It includes catheter care, including changing the dressing and flushing and lists problems that might occur, such as breaks, movement, blockage, infection, drainage, blood under bandage, pain, and swelling.
Author: Vascular Access Program
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 3/2016
Preparing for discharge and going home: Leaving the NICU  
Abstract: This handout is part of the manual "Breastfeeding Your Hospitalized Baby." It explains what will happen at discharge, test weights, renting a pump, and what to expect at home.
Author: Lactation Services/Maternity and Infant Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 11/2015
Reading a prescription label and ordering refills  
Abstract: This handout explains how to read a prescription label and order refills. Included is a copy of a label showing where to find your UWMC patient ID number, the number of refills allowed, the date of your original prescription, the prescription (Rx) number, and the date that the drug expires and must be discarded.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 7/2011
Safe disposal of "sharps": syringes, needles and lancets  
Abstract: This handout provides guidelines for safe disposal of needles, syringes, and lancets used by patients who have diabetes. It includes locations in King County for safe disposal of sharps, and specific steps to follow when using drop boxes.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 7/2016
Scopolamine patch: What it is and how to use it  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use a scopolamine patch. This patch is used to help prevent nausea and vomiting after having general anesthesia. Important precautions and side effects are included.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 10/2010
Step counters: Using a pedometer to count your steps  
Abstract: This handout explains the benefits of using a step counter to monitor the amount of daily exercise. It gives resources for various types of step counters, and include guidelines for how to use the device.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 11/2008
Suppliers of allergy environmental control products  
Abstract: This flyer provides a list of companies that provide environmental control products for people who have allergies or asthma.
Author: Medical Specialties Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 3/2005
Suprapubic catheter  
Abstract: This handout describes the 10 steps to follow to use a suprapubic catheter.
Author: Rehabilitation/8N
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1999
Revised Date: 2/2012
Tunneled catheter care: With flush instructions for hemodialysis and plasma exchange catheters  
Abstract: This handout explains how to care for a tunneled catheter. It lists signs of infection to watch for, and tells when to call the doctor. Detailed catheter flush instructions are included.
Author: Transplant Services/4E-4SE/5E
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 8/2010
Tunneled central venous catheter: Hickman, Leonard, or Groshong catheter  
Abstract: This handout explains what a central venous catheter is and what to expect when you have one. Detailed instructions are included for preparing for the procedure, and self-care at home afterward.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
Wearing a 24-hour blood pressure monitor  
Abstract: This handout explains what to do on the day of your visit to obtain a 24-hour blood pressure cuff. It also provides instructions for using the cuff and tips that may help during the 24-hour period that you wear the cuff.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 5/2015
Your Heimlich valve: Caring for your chest tube at home  
Abstract: This handout describes how to care for a Heimlich valve at home and how to check that the valve is working correctly. Also includes instructions on how to check the incision for signs of infection, when to change the dressing, and other follow-up care.
Author: 5NE
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 1/2009

 
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