Nurses must use sterile dressings on open skin surfaces to prevent infection. We must also keep patient equipment and supplies clean in order to prevent the spread of germs. Nurses must also use personal protective equipment like a mask, eye protection and a face shields if you are near a patient care activity that may involve a splash or spray of body fluids, they should then dispose of all single use personal protective equipment immediately after use. Cleaners should clean toilets with disinfectant to kills any germs. They should also clean any surfaces e.g.
The nurses may make sure that no patients have split any coffee in the lounge as the disabled patients may slip over and hurt themselves if the liquid is not mopped up. The nurses should also have good hygiene, which means they should wash their hands after assisting a patient to the bathroom; otherwise they could spread germs to the other patients. Also if the nurses feel unwell they must not come into to work otherwise they could spread an infection to the patients and the other nurses. Physical comfort Physical comfort means being in an environment that ensures the patients are as comfortable as possible. The less able patients within a nursing home sometimes the less able patients may not be able to control their own environment, so the nurses must provide this.
UNIT-4223-007 The principles of infection prevention and control Outcome1 Understand roles and responsibilities in the prevention and control of infections The learner can; 1. Explain employees ’roles and responsibilities in relation to the prevention and control of infection As a minimum I need to ensure that I wash my hands before and after each activity. However, hand washing alone may not be sufficient for the activity I’m involved in. When assessing the risk of infection, the chances are that if you are assisting somebody to walk from the bedside to the toilet on the ward, hand washing alone may be sufficient. If, however, I was assisting with the repositioning of a patient who is incontinent, I would probably consider hand washing, gloves and an apron.
“If the process is slowed at the beginning, the wound will take much longer to heal, posing potentially serious consequences to patients recovering from surgery. “ (Melville, 1999). Depression can cause resistance to taking medications, eating healthy or wanting to change their bad habits. It can hinder healthy healing.
Falls prevention Falls are extremely common amongst the elderly; therefore healthcare professionals working in a hospital or a care setting take falls in older people very seriously. When an older person falls, it can have a major impact on their health, this is why it is important to do as much as possible to prevent a fall from occurring. A fall, however little it is can affect an individual’s confidence as they have a fear of falling again, this can impact on their physical, intellectual, emotional and social wellbeing. Exercise such as strength and balance training can help to improve an elderly persons strength and balance and at the same time it reduces the risk of having a fall. Inpatients that have a serious fall will have neurological
A clean house can prevent infestations of disease-carrying vermin, such as rodents, cockroaches, fleas and lice. In addition, making sure your bathroom is sanitary can prevent the spread of dangerous viruses, such as hepatitis A, which can be spread through contact with fecal matter, according to the CDC. Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary defines hygiene as practices conducive to health. This includes taking care of your body, maintaining good oral health and eliminating odors. The Department of Health in the Philippines explains that poor personal hygiene can cause skin diseases and worm infestations, diarrheal diseases and dental diseases.
A series of education training of documentation was implemented to help reduce episodes of Medicare payment denials and self-protection through adequate documentation. Thus, I will discuss the impact of inadequate nursing documentation that leads to malpractice lawsuits. Purpose of Medical Record Documentation Understanding the purpose of medical documentation was the first step in teaching how to prevent inadequate documentations that leads to liability and malpractice lawsuits. Monarch (2007) supports the purpose of Medical Record Documentation as the following: • Substantiating the health condition or illness or presented concern for the patient. • Effective communication among health care staff.
Site Infection Like any wound, your PEG site may become infected. To prevent this, it is important to keep the area clean and dry. Clean the area daily with mild soap and water. If the bolster is too tight to your skin[pic] it is difficult to keep this area clean and dry. In this case, the bolster needs to be adjusted by your doctor 3.1 EXPLAIN LEGISLATION, PROTOCOLS AND AGREED WAYS OF WORKING THAT AFFECT WORKING PRACTICES RELATED TO EXTENDED FEEFDING
These include Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Fronto-Temporal and Dementia with Lewy Bodies. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of Dementia and can lead to changes in the brains structure ad death of nerve cells. This disrupts the brains usual activity and capacity. With Alzheimer’s there is a shortage of chemicals within the brain and these lead to the symptoms of memory loss, difficulty walking, repeating themselves, poor judgement, losing interest and finding it hard to adapt to change. In the middle stages of Alzheimer’s individuals will need more support to help them eat, wash, dress and use the toilet.
It can also lead to the individual being isolated by friends. It can have a great effect on your health causing infections; stop you from causing injury to yourself and others by trimming nails. Good personal hygiene is important to promoting good health. Outcome 2 Know how to encourage an individual to maintain personal hygiene. The learner can: 1 Explain how to address personal hygiene issues with an individual in a sensitive manner without imposing own values.