Assessment Tool Analysis Paper

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Assessment Tool Analysis Paper

University of Phoenix
NUR/440 – Health Assessment and Promotion for Vulnerable Population

April 7, 2014

Assessment Tool Analysis Paper As nurses, our number one goal is to provide the best possible patient care to insure the best possible outcomes for our patients’. In order to make this accomplishment possible we turn to the application of evidence based practice. As we begin the first steps of the nursing process we often employ the use of evidence based assessment tools in accomplishing a baseline and an ongoing or reassessment of our patients. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the definition and purpose of two assessment tools: SPICES (sleep disorders, problems with eating, incontinence, confusion, evidence of falls, and skin breakdowns), Katz activities of daily living (ADL) scale. We will also examine the population these tools are best designed for, as well the ease of using each tool, and the validity of each tool. Additionally, we discuss briefly how these tools can be applied to Danilo Ocampo, an elderly Filipino American.
Assessment Tools
Activities of Daily Living An essential part of nursing is the assessment of our patients' ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL). With the normal aging process, a person's ability perform ADLs may be affected which can have a spiraling effect and lead to other health problems. Since the assessment process can be objective, it is best to utilize a scale that has been established to accurately indicate an individual’s functional abilities. There are numerous scales available to measure ADLs, but the standardized assessment scale we will be discussing is the Katz ADL scale. In the late 1950's, Dr. Sidney Katz developed this scale to provide a much needed objective and standardized scale to measure an individual's ability to perform six basic activities–

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