​ Chapter 57 The Patient with a Disability Discussion

Chapter 57 The Patient with a Disability Discussion

Introduction

Your patient today is an 85 year old woman. She is 5′ 3″, weighs 120 lbs. and has osteoarthritis of the knees and hips. Recently she fell at home and although she incurred no injuries, she is very apprehensive about her dental hygiene appointment today because she does not want to fall again. Her daughter accompanies her mother to the dental office. Her daughter uses the office wheelchair to bring her mother back to the treatment room. Should you treat the patient in the wheelchair or dental chair? If you think she needs transferred, which method should be used?


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