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Medtalk A functional 'unit' used to assess the severity of orthopnea in Pts with CHF, which refers to the number of pillows a Pt needs to sleep comfortably. See Congestive heart failure.
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A postsurgical cushion or support for a body part (e.g., the head, chest, hip, or knee). Therapeutic pillows are used as buttresses or wedges to relieve stress on parts of the body that have been operated on. Chest pillows are used after sternotomy to support the chest wall and limit pain from deep breathing or coughing. Pillows placed under or between the lower extremities are often used to maintain neutral or desired alignment of joints after joint replacement surgeries.

abductor pillow

A pillow or cushioned wedge placed between the legs of a patient to maintain proper positioning and prevent dislocation of the hip joint. It is used in patients with some congenital disorders of the hip, other conditions in which the patient is unduly prone to hip dislocation, and following surgeries (such as total hip replacement).
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But then, what's the use?" she sighed, dropping the little glass into the bedclothes, and rolling her head on the pillow fretfully.
Perhaps he'll try to throw his pillow at me again, but--I think--I'll go."
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While the featured pillows are fairly traditional with their neutral, solid colors, there are endless opportunities to make these cuties match any decor or taste.
Then there's fill -- wool, cotton, latex, memory foam, feathers, down -- that often depends on whether you prefer squishy or firm pillows. Breus notes that if you have any back or shoulder pain in the morning, it's a sign of using the wrong type of pillow (although it's always good to check with an orthopedic doctor).
In May several volunteers came together at the Appletree Quliting Center to create pillows for breast surgery patients of the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia.