Over 1.4 million people worldwide suffer from hospital acquired infections. Studies show that at least 50% of medical equipment in developing countries is unusable or only partly usable due to lack of knowledge on how to use. As a result, substandard diagnosis or treatment is meted out to patients and may result in serious injury or death. Every year, unsafe injections cause 1.3 million deaths, primarily due to transmission of blood-borne pathogens such as hepatitis B, C virus and HIV.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a part of rare neurological diseases in other words it is part of a group that attacks the motor neurons. It's not only the deadliest of the diseases but also the most common. Most victims live three to five years after being diagnosed with this deadly disease. About 15,000-20,000 Americans currently are affected by ALS.
The oncology nurse role is to help the patient and significant others to cope up with their difficulty facing up to hair loss, by educating the affected individuals, utilising the equipment available in the trust to prevent CIA which is cost-effective and to refer them to the other members of the multidisciplinary team to get more support. The aim of this is to improve the experience of the cancer patient with CIA. Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynaecological cancer
The knowledge that I have attained now and my background in patient navigation will help me as a future oncology nurse practitioner, to manage the complex needs of cancer survivorship. I will be able to support my patient’s transition into their new way of life as effective transition management can translate into less hospitalization, lower health care cost and less physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial stress to patients and their support system. Hope comes in many forms other than with the cure, it comes with control, relief, comfort; to a dying patient, it could mean living another day with their loved ones and
Healthcare Associated Infections Healthcare-associated infections affect a large proportion of the population due to technological, staffing, and organizational challenges that undermine the quality of care for citizens. According to Lorden et al. (2017), over 3.5 million of all hospital admissions in 2010 were preventable. Most of them are linked to hospital associated infections (HAIs) obtained from healthcare settings. In particular, catheter associated infections of the urinary tract are the leading causes of morbidity as patients receive treatment for different kidney conditions.
In the world of palliative care, nurses have the responsibility to provide conform and care to all the patients. In this regard, constipation and obstruction are not limitations to the nurse’s will to provide treatments. However, based on the patient’s poor intake of fluid and fiber, constipation can develop and contribute to worsening complications such as bowel obstruction, fecal impaction, diverticulosis, or even colon cancer. Dr. Mercola in his article, “Constipation Emergencies on the Rise,” argues that constipation has also been shown to increase the risk of colon cancer and has been implicated in diverticulosis and appendicitis (2015). Supported by the article, constipation without treatments can lead to massive consequences.
Overview According to the Food and Drug Administration, medication error is a failure in the treatment process that occurs very often and posts a threat to patients. It is clearly frequent and is often avoidable but puts risk to patients. As stated in a report of the Institute of Medicine, there is a 1.5 million cases of occurrence of medication error in the United States every year (Westbrook, J.I., Woods, A., Rob, M.I., Dunsmuir, W.T., Day, R.O. (2010). ). This high incidence of medication error should be our primary focus because medication administration has a very big role and is an important part of the nurse’s role.
Vital healthcare fraud and abuse guidelines and measures include defining access and authorization controls, as well as separating duties to reduce opportunities for fraud to occur (Colling, T 2011). • Employ honest people: make sure background checks are performed on all staff members. It’s always a plus to verify information provided such as education, employment, and criminal
Clinically, physician-scientists have quick/efficient thinking skills that will allow them to partake in new treatments and/or on-the-spot ideas that could help the patient more than regular current day procedures. When analyzing/reviewing research, the physician-scientist will have experience with clinical symptoms and the emotional response of patients which allows for the potential movement of new discoveries to the bed-side. Overall, physician-scientists take their skills from "bench side to bed side" allowing for a smooth transition of new innovations to the clinic but also, play important roles in communicating new medical research to the general public. Therefore, they act as important "middlemen" that are knowledgeable about the healthcare needs/problems of society and how scientific research can solve them. This allows for the physician scientist to, directly and indirectly, serve a vast number of people, more than the reach of a single physician ever
Therefore, I set goals and objectives that guide my activities. By the time I complete the Wellness and Alternative Medicine program, I want to acquire adequate knowledge and proficiency to deal with chronic and acute conditions comprehensively. I realized that most of the people with chronic conditions succumb to their diseases because of misdiagnosis and delayed treatment. As such I look forward to helping such patients get optimal solutions to their problems. Establishing broad personal and professional networks is another objective that I should achieve by the end of this program.
Communication is an essential piece of caring for patients. Multiple team members will collaborate when providing patient care. It is crucial that critical information is included in the numerous hand-offs that will occur. A lack of communication will definitely put the patient at an increased risk for errors and threaten patient safety. It is essential to include all members of the team.
Raising the Awareness of Medication Errors Introduction Medication errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the United States, ranked behind heart disease and cancer. 1.3 million people are injured each year because of medication errors (Melissa Conrad Stoppler, 2014). Four out of five adverse events take place in hospitals. An adverse event is “an injury caused directly by medical management rather than the underlying disease or condition of the patient” (Kohn LT, Corrigan JM, Donaldson MS, 2000). Medication errors can take place in hospitals, nursing homes, doctor offices, at home, or while receiving drugs from a pharmacy.
Medical professionals constantly face patients’ deaths, and become desensitized to it (Robbins, 2012). This helps emergency medical workers deal with many traumatic incidents without negatively responding to each one, but responders still encounter countertransference (Rothchild & Rand, 2006). While empathy helps responders relate to and treat patients, it can also cause changes in their emotions and health (Figley, 1995). There are many factors in the lives of responders and the incidents they respond to that can make them more susceptible to traumatic stress reactions. These reactions affect responders in many ways, and responders should learn how to cope with this stress.
An Advance directive serves as an important set of documents for any individual to have but even more so, for older adults who may potentially be at an even greater risk of hospitalization. Every competent adult has the legal right to be informed of the purpose, benefits, risks, and alternatives of any medical treatment to be given, along with the right to refuse any medical procedures (American Cancer Society, 2015). Advance directive allows for choices regarding medical care to be within a patient’s control and for ease in decision making of circumstances, where unwanted medical treatments and procedures would be used in effort to preserve life at any cost. This legal document also helps to alleviate the burden potentially felt by a patient’s family.
Every day in this country, 9000 healthcare workers sustain a disabling injury while performing job-related tasks and many of these unfortunate health care workers are registered nurses. Sometime these injuries can be debilitating, career-ending and life altering. They can result to lost work time or sometimes permanent disability. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics in 2006 first started to survey non-fatal injuries in the workplace and revealed that one of the highest rates were among nursing staff. An estimated 12% of nurses leave nursing annually because of back injuries and more than half complain of chronic back pain.