A surgical nurse is responsible for monitoring and ensuring quality healthcare for a patient following surgery. Assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, and outcome evaluation are inherent in the post operative nurse’s role with the aim of a successful recovery for the patient. The appropriate provision of care is integral for prevention of complications that can arise from the anaesthesia or the surgical procedure. Whilst complications are common at least half of all complications are preventable (Haynes et al., 2009). The foundations of Mrs Hilton’s nursing plan are to ensure that any post surgery complications are circumvented. My role as Mrs Hilton’s surgical nurse will involve coupling my knowledge and the professional
An in-depth analysis of three key aspects of the anaesthetic nurse role The relationship between the perioperative nurse and the patient has suffered a long process of mutation throughout the last decades. If before all the dynamics experienced within an operating theatre were based upon organizational and logistical aspects, these days the focus lies on the patient and all the comfort and security demanded throughout a process that already reveals itself aggressive for the patient. Being the front-line person in this dynamic, the anaesthetic nurse plays a crucial and intense role on the patient’s experience.
2. Formulate a plan, given the resources mentioned previously. The plan I would need in place would first to address her respiratory status and maintain a patent airway. I would also want to have the patient demonstrate how to splint while deep breathing or coughing. I would ask the Cna to help with position changes every 2 hours or more if needed for comfort for the patient. I would need to do a full assessment at this point if the patient is more stable. By having the patient deep breath will also help her return to consciousness, (Ahmed, Latif and Khan, 2013). I would want to keep her comfortable and in as little pain as possible. I would also want to try to educate her as to when to push for pain medications from her PCA pump. If there were any family I would want to try to get them involved with the education as well. The use of an incentive spirometer should be included in the teaching too. I would keep monitoring the incision site and watching for signs that the patient is in pain. While I was working on patient education with this patient, I would ask the CAN to do vitals on the 2 postop patients every 15 minutes for the first hour, reporting abnormal vital signs to myself or the other R.N. I would also ask the other R.N. if she/ he would do the discharge for that patient, while I remain with this patient and make sure she is going to stay stable.
A patient’s journey throughout the surgical process can often be a frightening and unpredictable time in a person’s life (Short & Gordon, 2015). It is therefore vital for nurses to provide holistic and safe patient centred care, in order to meet the needs of each patient through their experience (Short & Gordon, 2015). The following essay will explore the surgical journey and nursing considerations of a patient undergoing a surgical procedure. Firstly, it will address important nursing factors relevant to the preadmission and perioperative stages of care. It will then address relevant nursing factors relevant to the anaesthetic stages of care, during the surgical process.
Sleep Apnea is a chronic sleep disorder causing shallow, infrequent or pauses in breathing. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep apnea affects more than 18 million Americans and is as common as type two diabetes. Common in both children and adults, there are three main types of sleep apnea.
Introduction This Anaesthetic case study would describes and discussed the scenario of a patient through the anaesthetic role of their surgical procedure. It will include and discuss the anaesthetic safety procedures equipment and drug interventions used to ensure this particular patients maximum safety and comfort before and during the procedure. The case study will include pre and peri-operative assessment in order to describe the involvement contribution of various specialties in the holistic care of the critical care patient. This assignment will focus only on the anaesthetics side of the procedure but will also highlight the importance of the triad of anaesthesia and discuss the administration, maintenance and reversal of
Perioperative Observation Paper Jenna Vaccaro Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions Abstract As a clinical requirement for my Adult 1: Medical-Surgical course, I had the opportunity to observe a patient in the Operating Room and in the Post Anesthesia Unit of Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. The procedure that I observed was a left total knee replacement. The patient needed this surgery because she was experiencing osteoarthritis, and this surgery could alleviate her pain and discomfort. I was with the patient from the end of her stay in the pre-operative holding area to the Operating Room, and then to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. This paper will include background inquiry, preoperative and operative
Itroduction: Evidence-based practice is an approach to medicine that uses scientific evidence to determine the best practice (Beyea & Slattery, 2006). As nurses perform their daily tasks they must continually ask themselves, “What is the evidence for this intervention?”. Nurses are well positioned to question current nursing practices and use evidence to make care more effective. In order to improve patients’ outcomes it is the responsibility of the nurse to transition evidence-based practice into the norm, through application of daily practice (Flynn Makic, Rauen, Watson & Will Poteet, 2014). Continual evaluation of current practice must be performed to ensure the use of evidence-based practice opposed to practice based upon tradition. The implementation of evidence-based practice standardizes healthcare practices and diminishes groundless variations within care. These variations lead to the production of uncertain health outcomes (Stevens, 2013).
Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder where a person has experiences of not breathing during sleep. Over 20 million Americans, mostly overweight men, suffer from sleep apnea. Despite these numbers, sleep apnea is often not treated directly because its symptoms are thought to be those of depression, stress, or just loud snoring. There may be a genetic component to this disorder as it often occurs within families.People with sleep apnea stop breathing for at least 10 seconds at a time; these short stops in breathing can happen up to 400 times every night.
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) can be employed under two practice models. Each one of these models, Anesthesia Care Team (ACT) and CRNA-only, affords their own level of autonomy to the CRNA practitioner. The CRNA is supervised to some degree in all practice models; however, this does not reflect the
Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Association of perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) is a nonprofit organization that represents more than 160,000 perioperative nurses by providing nursing education, standards, and clinical practice resources-including the peer-reviewed, monthly publication-AORN Journal-to enable optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures (ARON, 2015). The AORN
Perioperative Observation Experience I observed a laparoscopic cholecystectomy at Sentara Albemarle Medical Center. In this paper, I will cover pre-operative tasks, surgical procedure, anesthesia and interventions, roles and functions of the nurse, and surgical team members. I will also cover safety and comfort concerns along with nursing diagnoses related to this
Nursing care involves a wide range of interventions which are then draw diverse evidence base of knowledge and research of nurses. When providing evidence in practice it is very important that the records are accurately maintained in order for the evidence to be considered. The main reason for research to be evaluated and critiqued is due to evidence based practice. When carrying out Evidence Based Practice it is important to start off with a clear precisely aimed outcome that needs to be achieved. Evidenced based nursing is also the approach that nurses take to provide their patients with the best care that they can. This doesn’t just begin with the patient but stems to the families. The magnet hospital model upholds this to an exceptional level. They make it their goal to provide absolutely best care for their patients and they are awarded for it. Archiebald Cochran was a pioneer in evidenced based nursing. He published “Effectiveness and Efficiency” in 1971 where he criticized the lack of reliability in EBN. He argued the need for evidence in nursing. Being the founder of evidence based nursing his influence and dedication were said to be the key in making well-formed decisions about healthcare. EBN consists of formulating a question, gathering evidence to answer clinical questions, deciding which would be best, assessment of the patient, and evaluation. EBN paved the way for nursing
During the intraoperative phase, identifying outcomes related to patient care during surgery is paramount due to the fact the patient is under anesthesia and completely dependent on the surgical team, and the nurse acting as their advocate. Examples of identifying outcomes prior to surgery would include; the prevention of electrical burns from cautery equipment, proper positioning during the procedure to prevent nerve or skin damage. Collaborating with other members of the surgical team regarding this information, and utilizing evidence-based nursing knowledge is necessary for the surgical plan. My responsibility as a nurse is to alleviate suffering during the intraoperative phase and as the patient’s advocate ensuring no further injury occurs.
Sleep apnea is a medical condition that should never be ignored. When a person suffers from this disorder, he or she repeatedly starts and stops breathing when they are sleeping, and this may occur hundreds of times each night. Sleep apnea comes in many forms, with the most common being