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Terms Related to Maintaining Client Comfort

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Atrophy
Loss of mass of a body part through inactivity
Body Alignment
Body parts positioned in proper relation to each other
Bony prominence
Areas of the body where the skin lies over bones that are close to the surfave such as the heels, elbow, coccyx, and pelvic bones.
Coccyx
The end of the spine, also called the tailbone
Contracture
Deformity of a joint, usually permanent tightening
Edema
An accumulation of excess fluid in body tissue, causing swelling and tight skin
Flexion
The act of bending; being in a bent position
Foot Frop
Deformity caused by immobility, where the foot becomes fixed in the normal relaxed position
Friction
The action to two surfaces rubbing together
Immobility
Inability to move
Necrosis
Cell death; in the skin, usually a result of unrelieved pressure to the skin; appears as white, soft tissue or black, hard tissue
Pressure
The force caused by the weight of one object on another
Pressure sore (bed sore)
An open area in the skin caused by pressure; also referred to as debicutous ulcers, or pressure sores
Sacrum
The lower part of the spine just before the coccyx
Shearing force
The sliding of two surfaces in opposite directions
Prone
Stomache lying
Supine
Back lying
Lateral
Side lying
Sim's position
Lying on the side with the top leg flexed and supported by a pillow
Fowler's position
Semi-sitting position in the bed

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