Rtt1 Task 1 Essays

712 Words Nov 26th, 2015 3 Pages
Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership
Task 1
It is critical to have an understanding of nursing-sensitive indicators in order to provide safe, quality, compassionate and satisfactory patient care. In this scenario, applying restraints to Mr. J, a demented patient with hip fracture seems appropriate. However, it is standard practice that restraints are to be removed as soon as possible, and the patient in restraints may need assistance to change position every two hours. In Mr. J’s scenario, there should have been a bedside commode, and a urinal for him to use at the bedside so he does not have to walk very far to the restroom. As for the CNA, if she was well trained, she would have been able to recognize the marks on his spine are
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J’s scenario is pressure ulcer. From analyzing Mr. J’s case one can see the correlation between the use of restraints and pressure ulcers. Obtaining data listed on the Braden Scale such as moisture, mobility, activity, and nutrition are important when assessing for pressure ulcer risks. Once the collected data indicates the patient is high risk then the established pressure ulcer protocol needs to be followed. Nurses will need to minimize friction, support bony surfaces, manage moisture, and maintain adequate nutrition to advance quality patient care. The other nursing-sensitive indicator in this case is restraints. As I have mentioned earlier the use of restraints in Mr. J’s case seems appropriate as he pose great fall risk which may further complicate his current health condition. However, it is important to perform a complete assessment on the parameters for restraint such as cognitive functioning, history of dementia, physical impairment, and drug interactions to determine the need for restraints. When restraint is clinically indicated, and the benefits outweigh the risks then protocol for restraints has to be followed. Once the patient is restrained, it is standard practice that restraints are to be removed as soon as possible, and the patient in restraints will need assistance to change position every two hours. B) To improve quality patient care throughout the hospital, the quality improvement department should scrutinize, and keep track of the…

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