IMPORTANT Health Conditions for People with DD

There are 8 health issues that are often overlooked and need to be more carefully monitored. These conditions can progress rapidly and result in bigger problems, even death. They include: 

  1. Skin Care (pressure sores; skin breakdown)
  2. Aspiration Pneumonia
  3. Falls
  4. Urinary Tract Infections
  5. Dehydration
  6. Constipation and Bowel Obstruction
  7. Sepsis
  8. Seizures

General process for you to follow if changes in the body are noted:

  • Call 911 if there is an emergency.
  • Immediately talk with your supervisor about the change you are observing.
  • Follow all agency/program policies and procedures for contacting medical professionals, reporting medical issues, and documenting medical conditions.

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