Travel nurses are being urged to adopt a new approach to managing their chronic illnesses: using a travel pad.
The new guidelines are being released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which says that use of a travel nurse’s home-based travel pad has been shown to help manage a variety of conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and even some types of cancer.
The guidelines, which were released Monday, also offer some tips for those who may be considering using a pad.1.
Make sure the travel pad you use can withstand a lot of pressure, such as being dropped from a high-rise building or a vehicle.2.
Use a flexible travel pad that fits your size and shape.3.
Use one pad that is able to be stretched out, such a the T-spine or the foot pad.4.
The travel pad should have enough space between the pads to accommodate your feet and the pad itself.5.
You can make the pad thicker by using a thicker material such as a foam pad, and you can use the pad in the middle or under your feet.6.
The size of the travel pads should be about 1.5 inches (3.2 centimeters) from the top to bottom of the pad.7.
If you have diabetes, avoid using a thick travel pad or one that can be stretched to make it comfortable.8.
Use the travel nurse at home or on a short-term basis if possible.9.
Keep the pad on your person for at least one week after it’s worn off.10.
Use disposable travel pads for the first three months after you wear it out.11.
Make your travel pad reusable and store them in the dryer or washcloth rack.12.
Keep your travel pads on you at all times, especially at the end of the day when you may not be able to use them again.