The Care Of A Patient

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Within this case study I am going to use two of the Chapelhow et al. (2005) enablers to discuss and reflect on the care of a patient I have been involved with on placement over a period of 5 weeks. ‘Enablers are the essential and underpinning skills that come together to provide expert professional practice’ (Chapelhow, C et al. 2005, p.2). These include; assessment, communication, documentation, risk, professional decision making and managing uncertainty. The enablers work together to provide a holistic approach to the care of patients in health care settings. I am going to focus on and discuss two of the enablers, linking them both together, which will be assessment and communication as I believe these two enablers can be related most to my patient.

I have gained full consent to use this lady as my patient in my care study. Consent is important as you must always gain permission from the patient in regards to their care plan and keep them fully informed. ‘It is vital that the person consents before any treatment, care, examination or assessment’ (Brooker et al., 2007, p.157). ‘Confidentiality is a fundamental part of professional practice that protects human rights’ (NMC, 2008). To maintain my patient’s confidentiality throughout my care study I am going to call her Annie. Annie is a 72 year old lady whose care I have been involved with on placement. Annie’s medical history included; previous left hip replacement, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and

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