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Range of Motion Exercises - Elbow

Step 1 Knock before entering the room. Identify and greet resident. Explain procedure. Perform hand hygiene. Provide for privacy. Ask for consent.
Step 2 * Raise bed rail. Raise the bed to the best level for good body mechanics.
Step 3 Lower the side rail.
Step 4 Position the resident supine and in good alignment.
Step 5 Support the resident’s wrist with one hand and the elbow with the other.
Step 6 Flexion: bend the arm so that the same-side shoulder is touched.
Step 7 Extension: straighten the arm.
Step 8 Repeat flexion and extension 5 to 6 times. Repeat at least 3x then say this step.
Step 9 * Raise the side rail.
Step 10 Go to the other side and lower the side rail.
Step 11 Repeat steps for exercising the elbow. (may verbalize this step)
Step 12 Make sure the resident is comfortable.
Step 13 * Raise side rail. Lower bed. Lower side rail. Attach signal light within resident’s reach.
Step 14 Perform hand hygiene and report & record observations.
Created by: na3