Introduction Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the ability to obtain, communicate, synthesize and understand the basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions to benefit their health (About health literacy, 2013). Being able to communicate, process and interpret health information helps individuals learn the essential steps needed to make sound decisions that will prolong lives. Low health literacy has negative impacts on an individual's health status and their ability to access health care and other health services and resources around them. The majority of Canadians who are considered to have lower health literacy are seniors followed by adults (Romagnoli, 2013). Roughly, 88% of seniors and 60% of adults in Canada are health illiterates (About Health Literacy, 2013).
The study analyses patient education materials about reading level among the public. Reading level of patient education materials People who have access to health care systems at different locations are often given patient education materials (PEMs) pertaining to their conditions or treatment needed. The consumers are required to comprehend the information well before using them. This will ensure that the materials are used more efficiently towards providing appropriate health care services. Reading level determines how one is capable of understanding the words irrespective of the sentence length.
Background of the Problem As I personally observed in our ICU, ineffective communication between doctors and nurses can affect the delivery of care. Unclear communication during the end-of-life care in the ICU can raise ethical questions and pose a challenge to those who are involved. Incons... ... middle of paper ... ...arch are to gain more knowledge and apply the solutions that I will find from evidenced based practice to my own. Identifying the barriers to effective communication and finding ways to overcome them can help improve the gap. As a critical care nurse, I have to provide exceptional patient care to sustain life, but must also accept the circumstances when a patient’s death is inevitable.
First, improvements to the information provided to heart failure patients need to be made. According to US Department of Health and Human Services (2010), without clear information and an understanding of prevention and self-management of conditions, patients end up in the emergency room more often and have a hard time managing chronic diseases. Information can come from many sources such as healthcare providers, pamphlets, news media, and family members and friends. Partnering with cardiologist, public health officials, news stations, and community organizations and churches to ensure that appropriate information is provided regarding healthcare. Training should be provided to these groups about health literacy.
Introduction. This report will discuss the risk of impaired wound healing, amongst patients in the community. Patients may be at risk due to increased age, malnutrition and underlying medical conditions (Timmons, 2003, White, 2008). However, this report concerns with patients’ knowledge deficit about the importance of nutrition, which may be the risk factor (Casey, 1998, Dealey, 2005, Timmons, 2003). In this respect, a management package in the form of a leaflet aimed at these patients has been prepared, (see appendix), which may improve patients’ knowledge.
In this discussion I will explain my teaching plan on Healthcare-Acquired Infections (HAIs) and the evaluation methods that I chose to use in presenting this information. Healthcare-Acquired Infections can be devastating financially, emotionally and physically to the client, family members, and healthcare staff. My audience for my teaching plan is clients and their family in the acute care setting. The purpose of my teaching plan is to provide this vulnerable group of individuals with the information need to prevent HAIs. This topic is serious and is important in my everyday functions as a nurse.
In addition, patients from low socioeconomic status and minority groups are more likely to have inadequate health literacy (Tamura-Lis, 2013, p. 267). Nevertheless, assessment tools are available to identify a patient’s health literacy level (Eadie, 2014, p. 11) Teach-back is currently used and expected in hospital-based practice. Nursing interventions are implemented to promote... ... middle of paper ... ...e evidence-based practice to communicate effectively. Conclusion Studies show that patients forget at least half of the information explained to them (Tamaru-Lis, 2013, p. 268). In addition, low health literacy correlates with poor disease management, readmissions, and poor compliance to treatments (Eadie, 2014, p. 9).
A4. Clinical Implications The implementation of bedside shift reporting is crucial for quality of patient care and patient safety. According to an article found in the American Nurse, 2009 by Trossman, “Shift-change reports are as routine and as important to staff nurses as breathing”. Nurses have identified and averted a number of errors – including delivering wrong medications and continuing orders that were stopped – since the bedside report has been implemented” (p. 7). Lag time from when on coming nurses received report and actually saw their patient was reported to decrease with bedside shift reporting.
The patient’s room number or physical location cannot be used since these can and do change during the course of a patients hospital stay. Clinical Examples During my clinical rotation I have seen nurses correctly using adhering to... ... middle of paper ... ...p when they feel their safety is compromised is imperative. Patients need to have the proper knowledge and understanding why we are asking them each and every time. Incorporating teaching when they are first admitted to the hospital and posting signs in plain view in rooms about the expectations would be a great way to help attain the NPSG 1. In conclusion, I feel that attaining the NPSG 1 is very important to me in my future practice as a nurse.
Looking at a ventilated patient who requires many different modalities, assessing the need for such ther... ... middle of paper ... ...ese patients Parker et al (2007). In this care model plan, priorities can be set to advance the health and wellness of these patients as well as bring differing solution options to these somewhat complex case scenarios. As patients are trached and weaned from mechanical ventilation, there is always a risk for developing an infection. Although, infection rates are low compared to those in patients with an endotracheal tube still in place, trach patients are not free of an infectious state themselves (Miller, 2008). Trach care in addition to ET tube care, and strict hand hygiene care, all play a key role in preventing the spread of various infections (Miller, 2008).