The Importance Of A Efficient Nursing Assessment

901 WordsOct 16, 20154 Pages
Introduction Nurses are a vital component in patient care. The importance of conducting efficient nursing assessments is critical in order to provide both patient-centered care and safe, effective patient healing. Nurses are often responsible for taking care of patients with very complex disease processes. They frequently provide care to patients with illnesses such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2014, approximately 6.8 million adults were diagnosed with COPD within the Unites States. The completion of proper assessments and initiation of interventions for these patients are crucial in order to prevent further complications of the illness. COPD exhibits physiological symptoms such as dyspnea, chronic cough, cyanosis, weight loss, and wheezing. The disease process also exhibits psychological manifestations such as depression, difficulty with coping, altered body image disturbances, and anxiety. Inaccurate assessment of these symptoms could deter proper treatment of these patients or possibly worsen these patients’ conditions. According to McGinley’s (2014), “The role of nutrition in the management of COPD patients,” “Those patients identified as malnourished or at risk of malnutrition are more likely to be admitted to hospital, experience increased length of hospital stay, have earlier readmission rates and have a poorer prognosis. In particular to COPD, malnutrition can impair pulmonary
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