Nursing Sensitive Indicators Essay

1262 Words May 18th, 2014 6 Pages
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A. Discuss how an understanding of nursing-sensitive indicators could assist the nurses in this case in identifying issues that may interfere with patient care. Nursing-sensitive indicators are determinations used to delineate the excellence of nursing interventions and positive patient outcomes. This is not a new concept. In the 1800’s, Florence Nightingale, a promoter of outcomes, revealed such indicators when she revealed her statistical findings of soldier’s mortality rate associated to environmental conditions during the Crimean War (Fee & Garofalo, 2010). Over the past decades, various studies world-wide have been conducted on the connection of nursing quality indicators and their outcomes. The
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That being stated, if a patient must be placed on restraints, qualified professionals must have a comprehensive understanding of patient outcomes that correspond with the use of restraints. First and foremost, skin integrity is placed at risk if proper placement and management of patient care while in restraints is not implemented as with the case of Mr. J. There is numerous evidence based research studies conducted that correlate the use of restrains with an increase in pressure ulcers (Baumgarten, Margolis, Localio, Kagan, Lowe, Kinosian, Abbuhi & Abbuhi, 2010). Mr. J.’s daughter noticed a red mark on her father who then reported this to the nursing assistant and her concerns were immediately dismissed. If the nursing assistant was properly trained in the use of restraints and had knowledge of patient outcomes, this patient would not have developed a pressure ulcer. The nursing assistant should have immediately informed the nurse and measurements should have been taken to prevent further breakdown of the patient’s skin which was not done. It is evident in reading this case that Mr. J developed a Stage I pressure ulcer from being retrained in one position with no assessment or release for an undetermined amount of time. A second nursing-sensitive indicator that was clearly overlooked was patient satisfaction with overall care. Defined by the ANA, this is a measure of patient