This is a very serious and painful condition. Too often, the condition of pressure ulcers falls back on caretakers of the patient for lack of turning a patient who is unable to turn themselves every couple of hours. This breakdown of the skin is often present in a diabetic patient who constantly has pressure on one or more certain places of the body. Once a pressure has developed, it can affect the quality of life and the family of the
12/10/14 Week 1- Assignment 1. There are four “human skills” that a good Administrative Medical Assistant (MAA) should possess. Give a realistic medical office example of how the MAA could use ONE of these necessary skills. ANSWER: My example of a realistic medical office “human skills” would be that a good Administrative Medical Assistant (MAA) should possess, is to have strong communication skills. This is the most important because, most patients have a tendency of being nervous and feeling uncomfortable when being inside of a doctor’s office.
Consumer’s opinions should also be taken into consideration, not only during intake and when exiting the facility, but throughout their stay as well. In today’s system you often see the nursing assistant overworked and frustrated which results in an unhappy work environment. This can cause consumers to feel un-welcomed and as a burden. This can also affect patient care because not every patient is receiving the highest level of care from someone who is overworked and exhausted. There has been a number of quality initiatives aimed at facilities such as these and much research has been done regarding a patient’s survival verses the number of staff to patients.
Medicaid reimbursements make it challenging to properly care for patients, as well as the investment in technology. As the continuing epidemiological process in the community is changing shape of mortality and morbidity, so chronic and non- communicable diseases and injuries is accountable for the growing part of the overall circumstance of ill health. The location of the clinic places many challenges on the demographics and epidemiological data. Hiring qualified staff and providing a diverse workplace is a major key to avoiding many challenges. Opening a satellite pediatric facility in Greenwood, Austria is a huge risk, the population is 9,569 people, and the population favors the elderly.
BIO 111 Anatomy and Physiology 5/9/13 The spinal cord is very delicate, so when surgery is performed there is a risk that serious complications may occur. If the surgeon makes just one wrong move, the patient could face serious complications. Spinal-cord surgery candidates should take the time to learn about the possible complications before undergoing the procedure. Common Spinal Surgeries Anterior Cervical Discectomy: An anterior cervical discectomy is a procedure intended to remove herniated material from the nerves in the neck and relieve your symptoms. An anterior cervical discectomy is done through a small incision in the front of the neck.
Definition of burnout: A popular term for a mental, and or physical energy depletion after a period of chronic, unrelieved job-related stress characterized sometimes by physical illness. The person suffering from burnout may lose concern or respect for other people and often has cynical, dehumanized perceptions of people, labeling them in a derogatory manner. Causes of burnout peculiar to the nursing profession often include stressful, even dangerous, work environments; lack of support; lack of respectful relationships within the health care team; low pay scales compared with physicians' salaries; shift changes and long work hours; understaffing of hospitals; pressure from the responsibility of providing continuous high levels of care over long periods; and frustration and disillusionment resulting from the difference between job realities and job expectations. (Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition. © 2009,Elsevier.)
Patient Safety According to Weeks W.B. et al (2000), each day, far too many patients are harmed unnecessarily through their interaction with the healthcare system. It is then that the measures of institutional safety in healthcare are declining and thus considered that receiving medical care is risky. In fact, “frequency of fatal outcomes in medical care is estimated to exceed those from motor vehicle accidents” Weeks W.B. et al (2000).
Repositioning, the utilization of waffle boots, specialty mattresses, specialized dressings, and pillows are all prevention measures that are used at most facilities. Evidenced by the sheer number of pressure ulcers that still occur in clinical settings, we are not doing enough to prevent these ulcers from happening. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, " Each year, more than 2.5 million people in the United States develop pressure ulcers" (Berlowitz, 2014). This number is far too large and goes to show that not enough is being done to prevent pressure ulcers in our patients. Pressure ulcers leave patients open to infection, slow healing time, and cost the US somewhere between $9.1 - $11.6 billion dollars per year (Berlowitz, 2014).
Nurses: The Victims of the NHS Overworking nurses is putting patients at risk. Yet it happens in many NHS hospitals on a daily basis. As people begin to live longer the NHS is beginning to feel the pressure of the increasing number of patients treated in hospital but since there is no shortage of nurses this should easily be dealt with, right? Wrong. Many wards, though not all, find themselves understaffed with a higher patient to nurse ratio that there should be in a developed hospital in the western world.
McConnell (et al, 2010) suggests that “The sheer size of the gap between what we have and what we need to ensure adequate nurse staffing in LTC is staggering”. She points out that the nurses who work in LTC face daily challenges: chronic staff shortages, limited access to expertise that is needed to deal with clinical and social problems, unrealistic work assignments, low pay, little respect, and few opportunities for career advancements. In short, what McConnell (et al, 2010) is saying in her article is that if these challenges were overcome than maybe more nurses would chose a career path in LTC and there would not be this vast gap to deal with. McConnell (et al, 2010) goes on to say that because of the scientific advances in medicine and geriatrics, people with complex chronic diseases will be living longer therefore, if we do not create a working environment where graduate nurses will want to work, then we will certainly be facing more problems. It was interesting to read in this article of the need for LTC and health professions schools to create a partnership that might encourage nursing students to focus their attention to LTC settings and even to enter innovative academic programs.