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Importance of Clinical Narrative and Patient Education on OASIS Assessments

Importance of Clinical Narrative and Patient Education on OASIS Assessments Creating good quality nursing documentation in home health industry can be very time consuming and often nurses complete the paperwork at home, taking time out of personal life. Home health agencies operate can be Medicare-based agencies and/or agencies that accept only private insurance. It has been observed that home health nursing documentation for private insurance patients is easier and less time-consuming, owing to the fact [...]

Distraction Technique for Pain Management

Distraction Technique for Pain Management Distraction is an alternative pain management technique of shifting the attention away. Distraction can help with masking and reducing the experience of pain, but does not completely terminate the pain. This alternative pain management strategy helps with consciously training the mind to focus on some activity, away from pain. Since shifting the attention from pain could be difficult when the pain level is high, start practicing distraction when the pain [...]

How to Educate or Practice Timed Voiding

How to Educate or Practice Timed Voiding Timed voiding pattern is a behavior therapy of bladder retraining. If patient is having urinary problems such as, incontinence, incomplete emptying of bladder, reduced bladder capacity, and frequent urge to urinate, it is important to know how to educate or practice timed voiding . This technique allows an individual to void and empty the bladder on a timely schedule, but not waiting for the urge to urinate. Upon [...]

Exercises to Help Prepare for Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Exercises to Help Prepare for Shoulder Replacement Surgery Pain in the joint can be a deterrent for participation in the exercise schedule. Taking a pain medication 30 minutes before the exercise schedule can help with better pain control and improved compliance with therapy. Placing an ice pack on the shoulder joint for 30 minutes before and after the therapy session can add to control of pain and swelling in the joint. These sets of exercises [...]

What are the risk factors for developing Varicose Veins

Risk Factors for Development of Varicose Veins Draining of blood from the upper body to the heart, such as, head and neck, to the heart, is mainly dependent on gravity, which is a force acting downward in the direction of blood flow. Draining of venous blood from the lower parts of the body, such as, both lower extremities and abdomen, to the heart, happens to be an issue, as this volume of blood has to [...]

What are the factors contributing to delayed wound healing?

What are the factors contributing to delayed wound healing? Local Factors Contributing to Delayed Wound Healing Local factors, inherent to the wound condition, contributing to delayed wound healing are as follows: Excessive edema involving the wound site: Healthy blood flow to the wound site is needed for quicker wound healing, as it brings in oxygen and nutrients to the healing wound tissue. Ample blood flow also brings in white blood cells into the wound tissue, [...]

How to educate patient or caregiver regarding insulin administration

How to educate patient or caregiver regarding insulin administration Patient education on mechanism of insulin action Insulin is a hormone naturally produced by the pancreas in your body. Insulin helps with shifting the glucose from the blood into the cells of body tissues. This helps with regulating the blood sugar levels. Also, glucose transported into the cells provides nutrition to the cells and thus is utilized for the metabolism and normal function of body cells. [...]

Anatomy of Brain

Anatomy of Brain Structure of the brain The brain is one of the largest, most complex organs in the human body, and is contained in the head, closely protected by the bones of the skull. Brain is the central organ of the nervous system and together with the spinal cord makes up the central nervous system. Brain is broadly divided into cerebrum or the cerebral cortex, cerebellum, and brainstem, each part performing different functions and put together contribute [...]

Lifestyle Measures for Individuals with History of Seizures

Lifestyle Measures for Individuals with History of Seizures Compromised awareness, loss of consciousness, and altered muscle tone during driving or operating heavy machinery in individuals with history of seizures can contribute to accidents and mortality associated. This can also be dangerous and life—threatening to other individuals in the vicinity. Individuals with seizure history could have limitations on the driver’s license regarding the minimum amount of time one should be free of seizures, before being allowed [...]

Home Safety Measures for Alzheimer’s Patients

Home Safety Measures for Alzheimer’s Patients Avoid/limit the use of mirrors in patient’s room and restroom, as mirror images can be extremely confusing to an individual with Alzheimer’s. It is very common for an Alzheimer’s patient to interpret the image of self in the mirror as a different person and fearing a threat from this unknown person in the mirror, could attack the mirror leading to injuries & accidents. Alzheimer’s patients could poorly interpret sensations [...]