One challenge with the case observed in the paper is that the patient had already developed ulcers at different points on his back, and although the ribs had made an almost full recovery, we still considered them too delicate to allow a side-turn. The implication is that we had to, with the exception of the already open wound, place him at positions that were partly affected by the developing ulcers. One impediment to the entire process is that the expenses of this kind of care are very high, and it could be inaccessible to most people at will.
Risk management is the process of handling risks that are identified to impede the recovery or health of a patient/ individual (Lynch and Vickery, 2010). In the context of pressure ulcers, as discussed below, risk factors include weight-height ratio, cardiovascular diseases among others. Management of risks involves applying procedures that lessen their foreseen prevalence. For this to be achieved, effective assessment techniques and communication must be in place. Maintaining updated records, or documentation is a powerful means of communicating among staff and family/ interested individuals who visit the patient.
However, sensitive information about the patient should not be passed over to other people irresponsibly (Douglas et al, 2011). Effectively, communication-based on fair and thorough assessments forms the basis of professional decision making. After assessment, certain cases at the hospital are likely to turn for worse. In such cases, proper management of uncertainty should be done. This involves informing family members of the patient and disclosing vital details to other team members (Kadda, 2013). The interventions we applied to Moses’ case appeared to work fantastically for him.
By dutifully undertaking a clinical assessment of the patient’ s situation, including the severity of his sore-spots, we were able to identify a strategy to approach when handling him. However, we needed to communicate our findings, plans, subsequent achievements, derailments and general progress to fellow staff, the patient and his family.
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