Quality improvement on fall prevention on a nursing unit

Quality improvement on fall prevention on a nursing unit

Taking a glance over healthcare sector, we will find that there are number of patients who are victim of errors, on day to day basis. Some prove to be disastrous and others remain unnoticed. This has led to the introduction of patient safety measures and protocols in the healtcare sector to improve on the health of the patients, especially elderly ones. Patient safety is one of the nation’s most pressing health care challenges. A 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 44,000 to 98,000 people die in U. S. hospitals each year as the result of lapses in patient safety(2). Patient safety is defined as the prevention of harm to patients, where harm can occur through errors of commission and omission(1). To achieve patient safety as a standard for care, Fall Prevention Program has been launched to prevent fall among patients or residents under acute and long-term medication. It includes recognition, evaluation and prevention from […]

Factors that affect the Uptake of Flu Vaccinations

Influenza or flu is a highly contagious disease that affects mammals and birds (Qureshi et al 2004). It is caused by the ribonucleic acid (RNA) viruses that belong to the family Orthomyxoviridae, the group of influenza viruses (Neustaedter 2005). Flu is typically transmitted from infected surfaces of animals such as mammals through the air by sneezes or coughs, which makes the disease very contagious (Wilschut, McElhaney & Palache 2006). Flu can also be transmitted by various organs such as saliva, faeces, nasal openings and blood. The fact that the influenza viruses remain infectious for as long as about one week at the normal human body temperature calls for more stringent measures to curb its spread. One of such measures is vaccination. The fact that some strains of the virus can be inactivated by some kinds of disinfectants and detergents makes it easy to control the spread of flu, but the nature of body reactions limits the application of various vaccines […]

Healing Hospital

The spirituality in a healing hospital starts with the Chief Executive Officer and spirals downward toward management, and then the frontline employees. Healing hospitals must have a form of culture that serves the community. This includes the building, its contents, the CEO, the managers, and caregivers. This is what leads to the care that entails the spiritual mixture that takes into account a person’s whole body, which includes the mind and spirit. Healing and spirituality should be at the forefront of each patient’s stay . CEO’s of hospitals have become money hungry Gods. The most important part of the institution has been made into cold and calculating monotonous machines. Budgets are the largest worries of most CEO, s. (67%) stated that financial challenges were their # 1 worry, quality ranked fifth (23%), and patient safety sixth (20%). Spirituality and loving care did not make the list at all. (Chapman, 2010). No wonder most people do not want their loved ones […]

Herpes simplex virus

The herpes virus is one of the most prevalent viral diseases known to man. As much as eighty percent of all people, worldwide, have herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), and twenty percent have herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV2). This may sound like scary statistics, but most infected people suffer only mild discomfort. The more common form, HSV1, usually causes the occasional blister-like sores on or around the mouth. These blisters are called cold sores or fever blisters and, as most sufferers know, they are annoying and mildly painful but rarely dangerous. If the sores are left alone, they will generally heal up in five to twenty days. The less common version, HSV2, has the same symptoms except that the sores are usually found on or around the genitals. However, either type can be found in other places on the body and, in rare cases, the virus can cause serious problems. Ocular herpes (an infection of the eye) can […]

Faith Diversity

Abstract This paper will include the spiritual perspective and critical components of healing within Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islamic cultures. This paper will include these cultures views on spiritual perspective on healing, the critical components of healing, such as prayer, meditation, belief, and the important issues when cared for by health care providers whose spiritual beliefs differ from their own. Then, how do these patients view health care providers who are able to let go of their own beliefs in the interest of the beliefs and practices of the patient? The writer will then compare these beliefs to the Christian philosophy of faith and healing. By educating each other about other cultures and religions, it helps healthcare workers show respect towards their patients. Becoming educated and making adjustments for different faith expressions and religions, it will help healthcare providers in giving quality cultural and holistic care. Faith Diversity In the Holy Bible “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the […]

Celiac Disease

I am doing a report on celiac disease and nutrition. In my report I will tell you what celiac is and how the right or wrong nutrition can effect not only the disease, but also you body internally. I will explain how to find out if you have it. In the report I will describe signs, symptoms, risk factors, and treatments. I will also describe tests for it and other diseases associated with celiac. DEFINITION: Is a digestive disorder caused by eating the protein gluten. Gluten is found in bread, pasta, cookies, and many other foods containing wheat, barley, or rye. If you consume foods with wheat, barley, and rye, foods that contain gluten experience an immune reaction in the small intestines and it causes damages to the inner layer of the small intestine. The inability to absorb other nutrients. When a person has celiac disease it can cause stomach pain and diarrhea. When you have these symptoms it can […]

Music on the brain

Introduction: Questions: -Who in the classes turns to Advil or some sort of pharmaceutical when they have headache or are in pain? -Who in the class has ever tried listens to music when they have a headache or are in pain? Have you ever heard of the saying that music is medicine? Well, today I am here to tell you why musical therapy has been proven to be more beneficial then using pharmaceuticals, and how this ancient art form is rapidly developing into a new medicinal science. I want to begin by giving you a history of how music was used to heal in ancient cultures, and how it is used today in modern times. It has the potential to benefit you psychologically and physically without incurring most of the damages associated with chemical stimulants. Sound healing is a rich tradition that dates back thousands of years. The aboriginal people of Australia are the first known culture to heal with […]

Virtual Reality and How It Has Such a Positive Impact on Healthcare

Virtual Reality should be considered for rehabilitation to recover faster, while in a more relaxing setting and in a less painful way. Virtual Reality is technology that allows you to interact with a world that is generated by computers (ThinkQuest). There are special graphics, video images and sounds to make this pretend world seem real. There are so many uses of virtual reality; some of these uses are air traffic control, entertainment, industrial design, office, and medicine. Virtual Reality can do many things but educating and healing are by far the most rewarding benefits of using it aside from games, virtual reality have helped pilots learn how to fly aircraft safely, as well as doctors learn how to perform surgery safely (Thinkquest). I personally have learned how to perform CPR, and place IV’s through virtual reality and I found it very effective. This being why virtual reality to me has a huge impact on society, but healthcare in general. According […]

Bodily Responses to Stress Psychology as

This is the acute (immediate) response to stress (it uses electrical signals). Higher brain areas (Cortex) detect and perceive something as a stressor, triggering the Hypothalamus, which in turn activates the Sympathetic branch of the Autonomic nervous system, stimulating the Adrenal Medulla, producing two hormones, Adrenaline and Noradrenaline, which cause the Fight or Flight response, which causes bodily changes and has evolved for survival. Bodily changes may include: an increase in heart rate (to carry around oxygen around the body quicker); an increase in blood pressure (veins and arteries narrow so blood pumps faster); an increase in muscle tension (which increases reaction time) and the dilation of pupils (helps one to be more aware of one’s surroundings). · H. P. A (Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis). This is the chronic (slow, long-term) response to stress. Higher brain areas (Cortex) detect and perceive something as a stressor, triggering the Hypothalamus, which in turn release the hormone CRF, which activates the Pituitary gland […]

Adverse Trends and data management

Adverse trends occur in the healthcare setting at an alarming rate. “Such incidents pose considerable challenges to an organization, both in terms of the need to respond intelligently to their occurrence and in terms of the need to deal with their aftermath” (Charles, 2003). Adverse trends are treatable and preventable when addressed in a timely manner. “The failure of health care professionals and health institutes to address this problem has threatened to undermine public confidence in the healthcare system as a whole” (Hebert, 2001). Finding the reasons why adverse events and trends occur and finding ways to prevent them takes thorough research and the application of evidence based practice. “In the delivery of healthcare, errors and adverse events are increasingly recognized as an international problem for medicine” (Hebert, 2001). This paper will attempt to address a common adverse event in the healthcare setting and review data collection, the use of technology, and preventative measures. Pressure ulcers are a common problem […]