The key to preventing most of these infections and diseases is properly washing my hands and knowing when to wash them. I can’t see germs with my naked eye, so I wash them when they are dirty, before, during, and after food preparation, before I eat, after using the restroom, touching soiled clothing, animals, animal waste, the trash, or sneezing, coughing, and blowing my nose, and before and after treating wounds and sick people. There is more to washing my hands than soap and water. I must scrub all surfaces of my hand, including my wrist, the back of my hand, between my fingers, and under my fingernails for at least twenty seconds. The combination of scrubbing and an antibacterial soap helps to remove germs.
Using a small gauze pad, wipe away any excess blood or fluid on the surface of the skin. Then, using the pre-torn pieces of tape, secure the catheter hub and the IV tubing to the patient’s skin. Take extra caution not to kink the tubing. Once everything is secured, recheck the IV solution’s flow and then attend to the rest of your patients needs. Starting a successful IV takes practice, time, and patience.
Cuny accomplishes the purpose of informing the reader about effective hand hygiene by highlighting important factors that must be taken into consideration when working in a healthcare setting and when constantly practicing hand hygiene methods. As a dental assisting student and healthcare worker, it is interesting and surprising to be informed of the many factors that come into play in the reduction of cross-infection and how easily transient organisms can be easily transferred through ineffective hand washing. As someone who comes in contact with a large amount of people and objects on a daily basis and is unknowingly exposed to many pathogenic organisms, it is of interest and relief to read about proper hand hygiene. This newly gained knowledge about transient organisms and the ineffectiveness of the use of ring and artificial nails will be put to practice to ensure that cross-infection does not occur for the safety of oneself and everybody else in and outside the dental
M were not to tell his patients at all and they did get infected those patients could infect others which leads to more infections. Dr. M could believe that by not telling his patients that he is keeping them out of harm. In the mindset of an act utilitarian this would lead to a decrease in the overall happiness. The Hippocratic oath goes on to say that a physician has “certain duties like protection of confidentiality, avoiding abortion and not harming the patient.” This is the oath urging those who swear by it to be a good person and a virtuous physician. In our society we have laws, rules and principles that assure a level of moral conduct to physicians who plan to go through with this type of action.
A practice commonly used in the medical field, “benevolent deception” is the act of physicians suppressing information about diagnoses in hopes of not causing patients emotional turmoil (Skloot 63). Benevolent deception is a contentious subject because when used, the bioethical principles of respect for autonomy and beneficence can conflict with each other. Respect for autonomy is when physicians acknowledge their patients’ abilities to make voluntary decisions on their own regarding their health care (McCormick 4). Meanwhile, beneficence is the duty of doctors to be of a benefit to patients, while also taking measures to prevent and remove harm from them (McCormick 5). When giving patients diagnoses, physicians need to follow these doctrines by creating a balance between telling the truth and providing hope, which is why some may mistakenly turn to benevolent deception as the answer.
I had the opportunity to learn about hemodialysis from a nurse that’s been working in dialysis for over twenty years. He taught me the responsibilities and roles of the medical team, what can be delegated to the nurse support staff, explained the skills and training needed to work as a dialysis nurse, the priorities in dialysis, stressors for patients and nursing staff, the various types and functions of hemodialysis equipment, and general nursing diagnoses to be aware of for hemodialysis patients. Each member of the dialysis team plays an important role on the dialysis unit. Before a patient can be prepped for dialysis the lab must process the morning blood work of each dialysis patient and make sure the doctor has the results before treatment begins. The doctor then writes an individualized dialysis order for each patient.
Lesson 13 exercise 1 I would think the proper method of hand hygiene that would be used in between the two patients would be hand cleansing. Hand cleansing is the removal of dirt, organic material, and/or microorganisms. I would think this would be the proper method to use since a Hemoccult sample was taken from Mr. Santo (World Health Organization, p.2, 2009). The medical assisting extern needed to wash her hands before preparing the room for a patient to prevent cross contamination. According to CDC policy if the patient before Jean Deere did not have a diagnosis with the possibility of disease transmission, the proper method of hand sanitization would be alcohol based hand rub.
The student nurse interviewed a registered nurse in the trauma department who worked at Holy Redeemer Hospital, and the nurse has been working at the hospital for the past ten years. The interviewee’s definition of nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury. She believes that nursing is to help others that are in need for both medical and emotional support. This profession is mainly aimed towards those who are compassionate about healing others. As the nurse explains her daily challenges with patients, she uncovers that a person who wants to pursue nursing has to have a tremendous amount of patience.
An aseptic technique in wound management aims at hindering the introduction of microorganisms into the wounds during treatment period. These techniques are practices before, during, and after the wound surgery procedures. Two forms of aseptic techniques are used which are: general asepsis, concerned with the patient care outside the operating theatre, and surgical asepsis concerned with preventing infections during surgery time (Rowley & Beer, 2010). Wound management is an important issue and failure to manage the wound properly causes the infections to prolong for days. Nurses and doctors have the responsibility of ensuring that the patients are well treated, and the area with infections taken care of.
Rinse the wound off with water to remove all soap. Pat the wound dry with a clean towel. After cleaning, apply a thin layer of the antibiotic ointment recommended by your health care provider. This will help prevent infection and keep the dressing from sticking. You may shower as usual after the first 24 hours.