This week’s graded discussion topic relates to the following Course Outcomes (COs).
- CO1 Utilize prior knowledge of theories and principles of nursing and related disciplines to explain expected client behaviors, while differentiating between normal findings, variations, and abnormalities. (PO 1)
- CO3 Utilize effective communication when performing a health assessment. (PO 3)
Your home health agency has received an order from a local hospital to evaluate and treat an elderly woman being discharged from its medical surgical unit.
Millie Gardner, an 83-year-old female patient, is being discharged home today to the care of her husband Fred (87 years old) following a 9-day hospitalization for pneumonia, dehydration, and failure to thrive. She has a history of hypertension (HTN), Type II Diabetes, and cerebral vascular accident (CVA) with left-sided weakness. Patient is alert and oriented but does have periods of forgetfulness during the overnight hours. Patient has intermittent incontinence of bowel and bladder and requires assistance with all activities of daily living (ADLs).
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Upon arrival you are greeted by Champ, the couple’s rambunctious miniature Doberman pinscher dog. Millie is in her wheelchair staring blankly out the window, and Fred is busy in the kitchen preparing the couple’s lunch.
- Based on the scenario above, please use the general survey process to describe the areas that you would be observing immediately upon entry to the home.
- What, if any, concerns related to Millie’s skin and nutritional status do you have?
- What nursing interventions will you include in the plan of care to address these concerns?
- What teaching strategies will you use to educate Millie and Fred on the new medications?
- Using the SBAR, please include the information that you will communicate to the physician’s office at the completion of the visit.
My general survey observations of Millie upon entering her home would begin with my first impressions of her and her environment. Millie has a flat affect. She is staring blankly out the window, and doesn’t sound as if she is aware of my presence. These factors lead me to assess her level of consciousness is lethargic, and that she is possibly depressed. The scenario doesn’t specify, but with Millie’s age, and history of CVA with residual weakness, I’m going to assume she regularly uses a wheelchair, but can transfer with assistance. I would assess her posture and position in her chair. Is she sitting upright with her arms on the armrests, or is she slumped over with her arms hanging loosely. I would assess Millie’s general cleanliness. Since she needs assistance with ADLs, is her husband capable of bathing her regularly. Things I would assess, is Millie clean, are her clothes clean and well-fitting, are her hair and teeth brushed, does she have foul body odors which might indicate recent…Please click the Paypal icon below to purchase full solution for only $5