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    (Good) skin examination device?

    Can someone recommend a device for a person without help to perform effective, accurate skin checks for redness and pressure sores?

    I have tried several brands of mirrors with handles, including some that twist around, but, not being a contortionist, I am not flexible enough to use them to get a complete view.

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    Some additional options:

    If your bed is against the wall, put mirror tiles on the wall behind the bed.

    We have 30"X14" 1/4" plywood boards that we mounted 2 mirror tiles on, with a cut-out handle. This can fairly easily be propped against a side rail on a hospital bed, or held by a caregiver so you can see your skin, or reflect off of with a hand held mirror held in front of you with the large mirror board in the back.

    Many of my clients have a caregiver take digital photos with a camera or phone and look at these instead of using a mirror.

    (KLD)

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    Sorry, I still do not quite understand how to do skin checks (when there is no caregiver). Do you have a picture of the setup? Are there specific kinds/brands of mirror that one could hold oneself and that would be clear enough to see when reflected twice like that?

    I definitely need a good self-check method soon.

    I was thinking some kind of remote camera or extensible fiber optic camera?

    What specifically is there that definitely works?

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    You could use a computer video camera plugged into a laptop.
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    A small skin inspection mirror can be used like this. Some mirrors will strap onto your hand.





    If you prop a larger mirror, or use a wall mounted mirror like this behind the bed, you can learn to reflect the smaller mirror off that mirror to see your backside.

    We use these a lot:



    As above, a number of my clients are now taking photos of themselves with their tablet computer (iPad, etc.) or cell phone and viewing these instead.

    (KLD)

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    I use my phone to take a video. Its too hard to try and get a good picture so I take a video moving it all around to see different areas.
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    Thanks for these suggestions. I have tried that exact model of mirror before and found it had poor/blurry image quality. I.e. it was a low quality mirror. And even though those pictures make it look easy to self-check oneself using a mirror, when I tried it just didn't work. (I can use it for things like feet, but not buttocks where pressure sores would be). Maybe I am too fat or stiff, I don't know, I just could not get a clear view. And I do not understand the arrangement of these wall-mounted mirror tiles you mention a picture would be helpful.

    People who use a tablet, they just hold the tablet themselves in their hands? When I tried this I just could not seem to get a good picture.

    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    A small skin inspection mirror can be used like this. Some mirrors will strap onto your hand.





    If you prop a larger mirror, or use a wall mounted mirror like this behind the bed, you can learn to reflect the smaller mirror off that mirror to see your backside.

    We use these a lot:



    As above, a number of my clients are now taking photos of themselves with their tablet computer (iPad, etc.) or cell phone and viewing these instead.

    (KLD)

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    Mirror tiles on the wall can work if you put your bed against the wall on one side. We have these plywood boards (1/4") made up with two mirror tiles each and they are available hanging on a hook in each patient room.

    Depending on your hand function and strength, you may be able to position these yourself as in the picture below (you can see why I am a nurse and NOT an artist!). You could also look into folding vinyl glassless mirrors (which our therapist often use) like this:

    http://www.rosebrand.com/product2491...252c%2bBi-Fold

    (KLD)

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    Thanks for the information here. I used the diagrams and suggestions, and I also found a mirror that worked better for me than those standard ones they sell to people in wheelchairs: the Ullman Devices Inspection Mirror (I got the model HTK-2LT which has lights which are not really useful). It is more configurable and has better optics than the ones I have used, because it is designed for automotive technicians.
    Last edited by xsfxsf; 04-05-2013 at 07:50 AM.

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