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Capstone Internship Summary

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Many of the students at Southwest CTA had the opportunity to choose from capstone and internship. Students who had the chance to intern at a work facility got to experience real life jobs that pertained to their program class. Internship also gave them a general idea of what they would be potentially doing on a daily basis if they were to stick with the program they are in. They also got to work with actual workforce people and patients instead of their peers around them in class. Interns were able to work hands on and see what they liked and didn’t like. During the time the interns were working at the facility they were placed at, they had to create a journal on what they did during their internship that day. The goal the students were…show more content…
Cystic fibrosis affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat, and digestive juices. It causes these fluids to become thick and sticky. They then plug up tubes, ducts, and passageways.(“CFF Homepage”). A rare disease that the intern was able to encounter that many of the therapists there don’t see much was subcutaneous emphysema. Subcutaneous emphysema is when gas or air is in the layer under the skin. Subcutaneous refers to the tissue beneath the skin, and emphysema refers to trapped air.(“subcutaneous emphysema”). Diagnosing the patient with this disease is fairly easily when palpitating or touching the patient's chest it should feel like you're popping bubble wrap. Lung cancer is also another common disease encountered at this facility. Two major types of lung cancer are non-small cell lung cancer and small cell lung cancer. Causes of lung cancer include smoking, secondhand smoke, exposure to certain toxins, and family history.(“Lung cancer”). A patient at this facility at a younger age abused alcohol, he's only 45 years old now and has brain damage and pedal edema which is swelling and fluid in the ankles. This also correlates with his Congestive Heart Failure or CHF which is when the heart weakens and pumps blood less effectively, fluid can slowly build up, creating leg edema. If fluid buildup occurs rapidly, fluid in the lungs(pulmonary edema) can…show more content…
Since many of the patients there have problems with their, they’re put on a ventilator. The job of the ventilator is to provide oxygen to those who struggle with breathing. When a new patient is admitted, the interns job was to set up the ventilator with all the necessary tubing while the therapist and nurses worked with the patients and giving them all the attention and care they need. The intern also did the non-invasive things like oral and trach care. Oral care is basically just brushing their teeth or gums and making sure that no bacteria grows and make them more sick than they already are. Trach care is cleaning around the trach hole and cleaning up all the leakage with a gauze, then the intern adds more gauzes around the neck to catch all the leakage. The intern wasn’t able to suction the patient, but was to watch and learn. There are two types of suctioning, the one that goes through the trach tube and the one that goes through the nose. The one that goes through the nose is for the patients who don’t have a trach tube but still need to be suction because they can not cough it all out themselves. Suctioning is helping the patient take out all the leftover mucus in the patient's lungs that can not be coughed up. The intern also changed canisters, the canisters were filled with mouthwash to keep the scent from being strong and the patient's mucus. The intern
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