Outpatient services “eliminates inefficient, ineffective or unnecessary processes in a hospital setting” (Grubem et al., 2013). Not only does this benefit the hospitals with expensive procedures but it also helps the patient with costs. This will also benefit the hospitals so they could have more room for patients who really need to stay in the hospital for more serious diseases or use the hospital beds for “community based emergency” situations (Torrens & Williams, 2008). Other forms or alternative medical care is also available to patients such as chiropractors, acupuncture, or other holistic medicine that can help in a person’s well-being. There are more and more people turning to alternative medicine especially to those who do not have health insurance or ones that cannot afford “conventional” therapy because it is too expensive (Shi & Singh,
There are many different emotions, actions, and expressions associated with grieving, which helps the person come to terms with their loss. Not everyone has the same reaction to grief because every loss is different (American Cancer Society, 2014). The personal experience of dying or losing a loved one can be very difficult, especially if the death is unexpected compared to a person who has been ill for a long time (Kazanowski, 2014). Grieving includes the whole emotional process of coping with a loss and it can last a long time for some people. Grieving allows people to let the person close to them go so they can keep living in a healthy way (American Cancer Society, 2014).
The main arguments to allow this in our country is that the tremendous amount of pain and suffering of the patient will end, euthanasia, and health care costs will be reduced. Some people may choose to live their life with dignity and end their life in dignity, but assisted suicide would allow the choice to be their own. The pain a person can go through is a tremendous amount, especially those who are dying from a terminal illness. Many people will experience painful headaches, seizures, extreme nausea and even a medical induced coma. (Newton, 8) Assisted suicide is when you are given a diagnosis of six months or less to live and you are given the choice to take part in giving a
Project 3 As a health care professional, you will be with people at the beginning of their life, when they are born, and with them at the end of their life, when they pass away. You will see people as they are born and as they pass away. Because you will be exposed to these areas of life and the individuals themselves you must be comfortable and able to remain professional during these circumstances. While speaking to someone who you know is passing away would be difficult and sad I am comfortable doing it. Truthfully I would not want to be the one to tell a patient they are dying.
The caregivers are a crucial aspect in the patients last moments. The caregivers are there to help and support the dying, but many forget that they themselves need support in order to carry on. As death being something we can’t prepare for it becomes tougher when we know that for now there isn’t so much of a cure, just a few things to prolong it. Truschke in his letter strives to explain this matter when he writes; “No one is really prepared to deal with the nightmare of Alzheimer’s on their own” (110). His point is not only with dealing with Alzheimer’s disease itself, but can be looked at with all other causes of death and illnesses.
Advance directives help inform health care providers with the patient’s wishes on how they would like to be treated medically. Advance directives allow a patient to be in control of their treatment plan as well as end of life choices. Therefore, when the time comes, and the patient is no longer able to make these decisions, there is a legal document that has been put in place to carry out the patient’s wishes. Advance directives are critical documents that are often ignored because of the uncomfortableness the subject of end of life care brings up. Advance directives are most common in the geriatric population since people often associate advance directives primarily with end of life decisions.
The world of pediatric nursing is something that is not fully appreciated until you get a first-hand look inside what it is really like to care for sick children who sometimes, unfortunately, do not always make it. Take oncology pediatric nurses for example. Their job is to care for and treat children with various forms of cancer, and besides the obvious, they also play a pivotal role in “optimizing the end of their patients’ life.” (Hildebrandt, p602) These individuals witness death on a day to day basis and they are trained to help a patients’ family deal with these losses, but they are on their own when it comes to how it affects them and how they are supposed to properly handle the situation. Many hospitals tell their nurses and doctors to simply not gain attachments to their patients, but that is something that is easier said than done. When someone is around a child every day, trying to help make them as comfortable in a hospital setting as possible, making sure they are happy despite what their health may be, it is difficult to not form some sort of bond.
Transition of care is vital part of recovering from any type of surgery. It can be detrimental to the patient’s health if all of the necessary steps and parties involved are not in proper sequence. Transition of care is a vulnerable time for all patients, but especially older patients and those with comorbidities. Transition of care is the coordination of care of patients transferring from different levels of care which include hospital admission through discharge, skilled nursing facilities, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities, home health care agencies, primary care physicians, specialist, and care takers at home (National Transitions of Care Coalition, n.d.). This paper will outline the downfalls of transition of care
Compare and Contrast Acute care and rehabilitation centers What is the difference between acute care hospitals and rehabilitation centers? To a patient both places may look and sound the same. Both centers offer care and rehabilitation services for anyone needing help. There are many differences between an acute care hospital and a rehabilitation center. Patients receive short-term treatment in acute care while in rehabilitation hospitals they receive longer care for things like speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
There exist some decision-making laws that can help identify the person who may decide on behalf of a patient with no evidence of advance directives. The laws that may have impact on this case are the New York Health Care Proxy Law and the New York’s Family Health Care Decision Making Act (FHCDA). Both laws give power to the members of her family to make decisions for her as she lost decision-making capacity. However, under the New York’s Family Health Care Decision Making Act, Mr. Bevins as her spouse becomes the surrogate and therefore, should be the one able to make the final decision to either continue or withdraw the life-sustaining
Various individuals will take the time to set up a living will, which is a document that lets people state their wishes for end-of-life medical care, in case they become unable to communicate their decisions; it has no power after death (Randolph, 2015, para. 1). Patients can have restrictions on their health care such as no tube feedings or being kept alive on life saving equipment or a do not resuscitate order. This gives the patient the opportunity to be their own person and be in control of their care and financial
Patient with critical condition need to be considered as they need to be closely monitor by health professionals in the hospital. The Consultation document ‘Care in the Community’ (DHSS, 1981) made several suggestions for moving people who do not need nursing care out of long -stay hospital (Social Policy and Social Welfare, 1983). By limiting services, NHS is trying to increase its care to what it may be refer as ‘treatment’. Giving priorities to both conditions are necessary but doing this by choosing the right environment and what is best for patient is more important. In family members, it might affect elderly people that might require help such as nursing care.