Life and Death Issues in Healthcare A Review of the Case Study HS101 Abstract There are many issues raised by life and death choices in healthcare. Advance directives are a set of directions you give about the healthcare you want if you ever lose the ability to make decisions for yourself. If you have a disease you can choose curative care which is directed at healing or curing the disease or palliative care which involves care that helps relieve the symptoms, but does not cure or treat then disease. When it becomes apparent that a patient is approaching the end of life, or that the patient no longer wants to prolong their life, a decision can be be made to withhold or withdraw treatment. Advance directive laws merely give doctors and others immunity if they follow it, the only reliable strategy is to discuss your values and wishes with your healthcare providers ahead of time to make sure they are clear about what you want.
Or, is honoring the family’s wishes to keep that patient alive at all cost morally acceptable? With the rising cost of health-care today, I believe that many factors should be taken into consideration in deciding what is morally correct regarding end of life issues with our patients. So, what constitutes a “good death”? Is it being able to die with peace and dignity? Or, is it doing everything medically possible to keep someone alive?
The goal of continuously educating staff in the importance of nursing-sensitive indicators hopefully leads to improved care and a reduction in negative outcomes. Nursing-sensitive indicators include anything relating to the quality of nursing care (Sauls, 2013). This includes a wide range of topics from the incidence of pressure ulcers to patient satisfaction scores. In the case study provided, a better understanding of several nursing-sensitive indicators would help reduce interference with patient care. Some of the basics include, use of restraints, respect for culture and patient wishes, and transparency between the medical staff and the patient/family unit.
Are Patients Safe James E. Scarbrough III Baker College of Cadillac Are Patients Safe Patient safety is an extremely valuable aspect in the health care. The definition of patient safety is an area focusing on reporting an error, analysis and prevention of medical errors that often lead to adverse patient outcomes. Prevention means keeping patients safe from errors rather than reacting to them. These standards in patient safety inspire the most challenging issues in the health care setting. Reviewing these standards annually and publishing them on The Joint Commission Website, it is a key component to improving health care (The Joint Commission, 2011).
(Berwick 2006) Providers that Respect Time Medical Providers all have a philosophy which guides their day to day business practices. Physicians that respect time have made a philosophical decision that a patients’ time is valuable. This is a value centered approach to patient care, and results in more engaged patients and more satisfied customers. The Physician is acting in the role of consultant, and is thereby in the employ of the patient. There are not many other professions where the employee can make the employer wait, only in a physician office can this happen.
Academic and Professional Goals Alan M. Gavami Walden University Dr. Miriam Ross Academic and Professional Goals Currently, I make positive societal change with one patient at a time by showing genuine care and understanding of how they are different with different needs. This is one reason of several that I chose Walden University, since Walden has a keen awareness and teaching on multicultural competence, I find this to be Paramount. Managers in today’s healthcare environment are much more involved in management, planning, cost containment and efficiency, while providing a better work environment for the hospital staff, and better care for the patients and their family. The skills I expect to gain through getting my master’s with Walden University should give me the ability to recognize and understand problems we face on daily bases in the healthcare system. With this knowledge I plan to work toward a more cost effective and delivery system with healthcare provided to the patient population.
Individual's approach to this difficult stage of life may be very different from considering it as the beginning of a new life through fear up to denying. Disregarding person's attitude towards what is happening to them they need help in many ways. From mine, care assistant's point of view the most important aspects of end of life care are: psychological and spiritual support (if requested), basic personal hygiene, supporting with eating and drinking and meeting continence needs. Another one which does not belong to my duties is administering proper medication which is basically pain reliefs. I work in a care home on two nursing units where very often I have to take care about terminally ill patients.
To achieve a high-quality life hard work, passion, motivation and dedication that are required. I love to take care of sick people with my honesty and hard work. That was the reason why I choose the nursing profession, so I can take care of a sick patient that need to get better. I am proficient of providing better care to patients and help them to get better. “In today’s dynamic and complex health care environments, safe and effective care will only be assured when health care leaders make optimal contribution to the effort” (AACN, 2006).
Assignment #4: Improving Local Health Care Write a 5-7 page paper in which you: Assignment #4: Improving Local Health care Think back on the last time you accessed health care services in your community and make recommendations for incorporating unapplied telecommunications concepts that would have improved your visit. Provide specific examples to support your response. Communication and Coordination of Care is a healthcare service that I would like to see improved in my community. Having my healthcare providers coordinate their efforts and discussing the tests and results given would have enhanced my outcome in quality of care received. In the big picture of the care and hospitalization that were required; length of stay could have been decreased if physicians coordinating my care would have talked and set priorities.
This essay will be looking at the above titled article from the Nursing Times (2010), about a team of community nurses and GPs in East Anglia that wanted to change the way they practiced to support choices for adults in end stage of life. It will firstly outline what the article is about and will go on to discuss what it teaches us about community nursing and its role in end of life care. Motivated by the fact that although many people express a wish to die at home, few do so (Bowers et al, 2010, p14), this article describes the way one team of healthcare professionals used existing ‘end of life care tools’ to change the way they practice and work together, to help adults with terminal illness die in a place of their choice. It begins with evidence that suggests end of life care delivered in the UK does not reflect the wishes of patients overall, and proposes that changes need to be made to improve this (Bowers et al, 2010, p14). This evidence includes reflection of the