Vital Signs for Nurses: An Introduction to Clinical by Joyce Smith, Rachel Roberts

By Joyce Smith, Rachel Roberts

Tracking, looking at and recording the important symptoms of sufferers is a primary element of supplying caliber sufferer care. This useful and obtainable advisor will strengthen your underpinning wisdom and abilities in either idea and perform for the grownup sufferer discovered both in health center, deepest quarter or group settings.A must-have for well-being care assistants, pupil nurses or newly certified registered nurses operating inside any well-being care atmosphere, this booklet explores not just the way to check and computer screen sufferers, but in addition covers:Legal and moral issuesInfection prevention and controlPainCommunicationNutritionReflective practiceContinuing expert developmentThis crucial and sensible source additionally positive factors studying targets, case stories, a word list of key words, actions and a number of selection inquiries to help you on your knowing of this topic.

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The point of care is the crucial time for hand hygiene. According to NPSA (2008), the point of care is defined as the patient’s immediate environment (zone) where contact or treatment is taking place. Point of care could be in a patient’s home, community clinic or GP practice or at the patient’s bedside when in hospital. The point of care also represents the time and place where there is the highest risk for the transmission of infection via healthcare staff whose hands can act as reservoirs to transfer micro-organisms.

The point of care also represents the time and place where there is the highest risk for the transmission of infection via healthcare staff whose hands can act as reservoirs to transfer micro-organisms. So how do healthcare workers decide when is the right time to wash and dry their hands? The World Health Organisation (WHO, 2006) suggests that there are five moments when hand hygiene should be performed. These are as follows: • • • • • Before patient contact Before an aseptic task After body fluid exposure risk After patient contact After contact with patient surroundings Let us look at these five areas in further detail.

According to NPSA (2008), the point of care is defined as the patient’s immediate environment (zone) where contact or treatment is taking place. Point of care could be in a patient’s home, community clinic or GP practice or at the patient’s bedside when in hospital. The point of care also represents the time and place where there is the highest risk for the transmission of infection via healthcare staff whose hands can act as reservoirs to transfer micro-organisms. So how do healthcare workers decide when is the right time to wash and dry their hands?

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