Wgu Rtt1 Task 1 Essay

636 Words Oct 13th, 2015 3 Pages
A. Discuss how an understanding of nursing-sensitive indicators could assist the nurses in this case in identifying issues that may interfere with patient care.
An understanding of nursing sensitive indicators would assist all nurses in identifying the underlying problem that has the potential to cause patient harm and a negative patient outcome. In this case, the redden area was an indication that the patient is at risk for developing a pressure ulcer in that area. Actions such as repositioning the patient to relive pressure to the area would prevent further development of bed sores or pressure ulcers. Range of motion would be increased and prevent strain on the patient and decrease the likelihood of a pressure ulcer if the restraints
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If a hospital knows that patients are more susceptible to bed sores on certain type of bed, then actions can be taken to replace those beds or initiate protocols for those beds and which patients can use those beds. In each department there are different reasons patient may get a pressure ulcer. For instance on a medical surgical floor, a patient may develop a pressure ulcer because they are not able to shift their weight in bed due to post op pain, a nurse in this situation needs to encourage a patient to turn and get up out of bed post operatively. In an intensive care department, patients who are sedated do not move themselves in bed so these patients must be manually turned by staffing. Determining the risk factors for pressure ulcers in each department could help to develop department specific education to help eliminate pressure ulcer development. Keeping log and analyzing hospital data can provide detailed information that can then be used for education purposes and policy development improve patient care and satisfaction.

C. Analyze the specific system resources, referrals, or colleagues that you, as the nursing shift supervisor, could use to resolve the ethical issue in this scenario.
The ethical issue should be brought up to management of all departments involved. In this case, the nursing department, dietary, the quality department should be brought into the situations as this could turn into something…

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