Posts Tagged ‘Patient Care’

Cancer Patient’s Husband Invents Device to Help Others

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Clearing drainage tubes for patients has gotten easier, thanks to a breast cancer patient’s husband and his invention, Tube-Evac.

Cancer Survivor’s Husband Invents Device to Help Others

 

Clearing surgical tubes is a common procedure in wound care, and it often comes as second-nature for clinicians. But it can still be time-consuming and complicated. So imagine how daunting and difficult it is for friends or family members who have never done such a thing, and are responsible for a loved one’s after-surgery care.

Thanks to a loving and very creative husband, there is now a product available that makes the process of clearing tubes easier and faster. It’s called Tube-Evac, and we are happy to share its story.

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Intake + Output = Big Documentation Problems

Friday, October 7th, 2016

Nancy Collins, PhD, RDN, LDN, FAPWCA, FAND

Inaccurate and incomplete intake and output (I&O) records pose a problem in litigation, as well as a risk to the patient who requires monitoring of fluid balance for medical reasons. 

Intake + Output = Big Documentation Problems

 

“Would you agree that the nurses did not know how to do basic arithmetic?”

Of course nurses know how to add and subtract, yet I was asked this question in a very challenging manner by a plaintiff attorney. He had just showed me 3 weeks of I&O tables excerpted from the medical chart of the deceased plaintiff, and almost every shift was incomplete. The plaintiff attorney was reducing the problem to poor math skills, implying that not a single day was complete because the nurses who cared for this patient lacked the skills to add a column of numbers. He knew I would disagree because I was not going to say these nurses lacked basic math skills. But he also knew his follow-up question was the real reason for this math ploy.

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Standards of Care: We are all in this together

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Do you sometimes feel as if you are in this whole thing alone? I mean do you feel like taking care of someone is sometimes just you doing the whole thing by yourself? I know I feel like it from time to time. Now I know that what I feel isn’t actually true as others are involved in the care of the patients in our care. Knowing that, we should all be aware of standards of care! Everyone from the CNA to the Administrator, Nurses and Doctors are involved in the delivery of care to our patients. Being aware of that should keep us protected and encourage us to deliver proper care to our patients. Being aware of the Standards of Care is our responsibility. Awareness and knowledge strengthens us as care givers and improves the value and the standards of care we provide to those very patients.

Unfortunately, not everyone is up to date on the standards of care. Below is a video in which WCEI’s co-founder Donna Sardina RN discusses Standards of Care and an unfortunate case of malpractice and manslaughter in which a host of care givers were arrested, charged and found guilty for negligence.

As Wound Care Certified Nurses, Doctors and Therapists, it is up to us to deliver the Standard of Care to all of our patients. If you are interested in learning today’s Standards of Care regarding Wound Care and would like more information on Wound Care Certification, visit http://www.wcei.net.