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Top 10 SAFETY FLAGS People Miss on the Practical Exam

  1. Not guarding close enough, if at all.

  2. Forgetting brakes on the bed or assistive device, such as wheelchair or walker.

  3. Sensation testing before applying modalities, such as ice, heat, ultrasound, TENS, IFC, etc.

  4. Clearing contraindication/precautions before any treatment techniques.

  5. Not checking for proper footwear and walking surfaces.

  6. Confirming and abiding by post-operative restrictions for common surgeries, such as a total hip replacement.

  7. Checking for DVT after surgery.

  8. Explaining to your patient what to monitor when immobilized in a cast or brace.

  9. Improper positioning with lung conditions or increased intracranial pressure.

  10. Disrupting a chest tub or other critical lines.