Group Observation

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Group: Patient Safety

Purpose:

The patient safety group is a team of hospital staff who are directly connected to the personal care of patients. The team comprises of the representatives of each of these groups, including nursing staff, doctors, clinical officers, lab technicians, pharmacists, and the hospital chief of medicine. The group meets every first Wednesday of the month. I joined them for their monthly meeting recently, to observe how they conduct their meetings. During these meetings, the group discusses issues relating to patient care, things that can be done to improve the function, among other things. The group was recently formed and still has a lot of time dedicated in its monthly meetings to operations.

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Application of Evidence in Injury Treatment

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Introduction

The application of research findings in actual practice has always been fraught with challenges. These challenges are usually caused by resistance, and the relevance of the findings themselves. For example, experienced doctors may feel that the way they have gone about a certain procedure is the right way. They are likely to disregard new research findings that point to a different way of doing things, better as the new method or procedure may be. At the same time, research is not always relevant to the problems at hand. This may then render the research irrelevant (DeAngelis, 2010).

The practitioners who are supposed to eventually implement the research findings are not always involved sufficiently to help define the research. Such research projects run the risk of returning findings that are simply not applicable clinically. There are also no clear mechanisms for obtaining feedback on findings recommended, further widening the gap between research and practice (DeAngelis, 2010).

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Use of Silver-Coated Catheter to Reduce Urinary Tract Infection

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Introduction:

The use of catheters is a crucial aspect of care giving in hospitals especially when the patient is undergoing surgery in the areas surrounding the bladder, is unable to empty the bladder when they need to, or urinary incontinence. Patients who undergo long term cauterization have a high likelihood of developing bacteriuria – more than 90%. Indeed, catheter – induced infections are the most common hospital acquired infections worldwide(Hooton, 2010). However, Studies have shown that the incidence of these infections can be reduced significantly by using different catheter types, other than the conventional latex catheter (Nacey, 1985). This study seeks to study the significance of using silicone over latex catheters in patients over the age of 65 for an extended period of time (more than 6 months), in terms of catheter – associated urinary tract infections – CAUTI (O).

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Nursing Diagnosis

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The nursing diagnosis that several members of the Orlov family have been diagnosed with, risk-prone health behavior, can be defined as impaired ability to modify lifestyle / behavior in a manner that improves health status. (Ackley, 2014). Jakub, as mentioned earlier, has particularly alarming sexual behavior. His job at the casino may not be making matters any better, since it gives him exposure to these people that he can have sexual intercourse with. Emil also has this problem, from his frequent short term relationships, to his fondness of fast foods. Darius also has an issue with seeking medical attention in relation to his bulging discs that cause him back pains. The house that the Orlov family lives in, a four bedroom split level home, may not work in his best interests since he will be required to climb multiple staircases regularly.

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