Schedule Policy For Dialysis Patients

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Schedule Policy for Dialysis Patients The wait times of dialysis patients before and after hemodialysis treatments have been an area of concern. In a typical morning at an outpatient dialysis clinic, all the patients for the first shift will begin to gather in a waiting room just prior to a specific time. I will use the start time of 7:00 a.m. for example. The nurses and patient care staff will arrive a considerable amount of time earlier to prepare for the oncoming shift of patients. At 7:00 a.m., the nurse in charge will begin calling each patient in one at a time. An assessment is done. The patient is weighed. His/her lungs are listened to. Many specific questions are asked. A treatment goal is determined based on protocols. Then, the assessment data is entered into a networked computer system, which is retrieved at a specific station for a particular patient. This process continues until every station in the clinic is full. Typically, a clinic will hold anywhere from 12 to 30 stations. For this example, I will use a 20-station clinic. Target population There are many Chronic Renal Failure patients who are elderly and have additional diseases, such as diabetes, chronic pain, and others. Many of these patients have to wait as much as an hour to an hour and a half before and after treatments. The lack of policy and the absence of close management of this schedule may potentially put at risk patients in greater danger. Instead of patients being in the clinic
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