Mirror, Mirror by the Chair

February 10, 2010

A hand mirror can aid in the examination of the legs and feet of a seated patient, such as one in a wheelchair. Use of a mirror obviates the need to “stand on your head” to visualize the soles, heels, and back of the legs. In addition, patients can be taught to use a mirror to examine their own feet and legs for skin breakdown or other pathological changes that herald potentially serious problems.

A hand mirror can aid in the examination of the legs and feet of a seated patient, such as one in a wheelchair. Use of a mirror obviates the need to “stand on your head” to visualize the soles, heels, and back of the legs. In addition, patients can be taught to use a mirror to examine their own feet and legs for skin breakdown or other pathological changes that herald potentially serious problems.

-- Judiann Porubcan, ARNP, MSN, BC
         Gainesville, Fla

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