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Post a Description Of The National Healthcare Issue
There are emergence of different technologies that are often used to facilitate healthcare processes. Today, healthcare processes rely on technology to ensure that there is effective outcomes or quality delivery of healthcare. With the increase in the number of patients caused by upsurge in the rates if infections, more patients require mobile or other digital devices that can be applied in identifying potential healthcare providers. Mobile healthcare technology is increasingly becoming common in the United States (Matthew-Maich et al., 2016). The technology has been developed to save healthcare costs. Mobile healthcare technology is mostly beneficial to the individuals in rural areas that often do not have access to healthcare facilities and providers. The incorporation of mobile health technology in the healthcare processes has facilitated public health activities and effective delivery of healthcare processes for different populations.
Practice-Related: Post-Treatment Activities
Post-treatment activities is one of the practice-need that can be addresses through the use of mobile health technology. With the mobile healthcare technology, patients will be able to obtain post-treatment activities effectively. Post-treatment activities may include addiction education and counselling, learning and practicing coping skills, support group attendance, as well as implementing new healthy behaviors. The application of mobile healthcare technology can be used to address the above activities, a scenario that will enhance effective health outcomes. There has been a lot of problems associated with the post-treatment activities particularly in the rehabilitation centers. In most cases, lack of effective post-treatment activities often makes patients fall back into their self-destructive habits or behaviors. The use of mobile healthcare technology will provide clients with the ability to do extra work on themselves that may be left uncompleted from the primary treatment processes.
Portable Biomedical Equipment
Portable biomedical equipment can be applied in the management of post-treatment activities in the healthcare processes (Yang et al., 2017). Portable biomedical equipment is necessary in ensuring that patients can reach healthcare professionals at any given time and location. Portable biomedical equipment can be applied in the management of daily life stressors that results from the treatment processes such as surgeries. With this equipment patients can easily connect with their healthcare providers and obtain counselling on how to cope with different health conditions after treatment or after being released from the healthcare facilities. The technology can also be applied to implement new healthy routines to avoid further complications.
Benefits of Portable Biomedical Equipment
One of the benefits of portable biomedical equipment is that it reduces cost in healthcare delivery processes. With the reduced cost many people are able to access post treatment activities away from the healthcare institutions. Another benefit is that it is flexible and can be easily applied by different patients. The flexibility makes portable biomedical equipment more common in different areas, this can enhance the effective and efficiency in the delivery of post-treatment activities to different people. Finally, the technology is more accurate and reliable in different areas, rural and urban areas. The benefits can impact post treatment activities through the provision of enough strategies on how to handle different patients who are far away or those in need of extra healthcare services but cannot be admitted into healthcare facilities.
Barriers to Portable Biomedical Equipment
One of the potential barriers to the use of mobile healthcare technology is high cost; the device is costly and only a few people can afford it. The high cost associated with the device can delay the delivery of post treatment services to the patients, a scenario that can interfere with the general quality of healthcare services. Also, the complexity may render it useless for some people. Portable Biomedical Equipment’s complexity can limit the kinds of port treatment services offered to the patients, a scenario that can lead to the ineffective care services. Finally, language barrier is a challenge that may be associated with the use of mobile healthcare technology (Hsiao & Tang, 2018). Language barriers may delay the post-treatment activities between the patients and the healthcare providers. The barriers may also interfere with the quality healthcare processes for the patients.
Implications for Nursing Practice
The mobile healthcare technology, Portable biomedical equipment, has the capability of enhancing nursing practices. The application of this technology may enhance nurse’s roles in the healthcare delivery processes. The technology may also enhance communication processes between the patients are healthcare providers, this may lead to the quality healthcare delivery to the patients. Finally, mobile healthcare technology can improve nurse, patient relationship, a scenario that can lead to the significant improvements in the healthcare practices. Health literacy and patient education can provide effective integration processes for the mobile healthcare technology. In other words, patient education and health literacy can provide the best skills and knowledge needed in the adoption of mobile healthcare technology identified above.
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Matthew-Maich, N., Harris, L., Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., Valaitis, R., Ibrahim, S., … & Isaacs, S. (2016). Designing, implementing, and evaluating mobile health technologies for managing chronic conditions in older adults: a scoping review. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 4(2), e29. Retrieved from: https://mhealth.jmir.org/2016/2/e29
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Reducing Stress on Healthcare
According to the ANA The balance of safety and efficacy and the perception of personal risk versus overall benefit are at the core of acceptability of immunization practices. The known and potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine must outweigh the known and potential risks. ANA strongly recommends that registered nurses be vaccinated against COVID-19. All health care personnel (HCP), including registered nurses (RNs), should be vaccinated according to current recommendations for immunization of HCP by the CDC and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). ANA also believes that it is imperative for everyone to receive immunizations for vaccine-preventable diseases as vaccines are critical to infectious disease control and prevention. Moreover, nurses have a professional and ethical obligation to model the same health care standards they prescribe to their patients. There is now significant clinical evidence on the safety and effectiveness with approved COVID-19 vaccines being administered under the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization process.
Annals of Internal Medicine stated We need to be more aggressive about respiratory hygiene and placing restrictions on patients, visitors, and health care workers with even mild symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection. Potential policies to consider include the following: 1) screening all visitors for any respiratory symptoms that may be related to a virus, including fever, myalgias, pharyngitis, rhinorrhea, and cough, and excluding them from visiting until they are better; 2) restricting health care workers from working if they have any upper respiratory tract symptoms, even in the absence of fever; and 3) screening all patients, testing for all respiratory viruses (including SARS-CoV-2) in those with positive screening results regardless of illness severity, and using precautions (single rooms, contact precautions, droplet precautions, and eye protection) for patients with respiratory syndromes for the duration of their symptoms regardless of viral test results. A collateral benefit is that if a patient is subsequently diagnosed with COVID-19, staff who used these precautions will be considered minimally exposed and will be able to continue working.
Laureate education (2015) states, that one thing that individuals and leaders can do to be prepared for healthcare challenges of the future is to develop cultural competency, gain skills to view multiple perspectives, and develop greater understanding the survival side of any healthcare organization. Having Beyond the immediate needs in responding to COVID-19, the pulse survey documents hospitals’ perspectives about longer-term opportunities for improvement to address challenges that existed before, and were exacerbated by, the pandemic. These include reducing disparities in access to health care and in health outcomes; building and maintaining a more robust health care workforce; and strengthening the resiliency of our health care system to respond to pandemics and other public health emergencies and disasters.
ANA Board of Directors September 2020 www.NursingWorld.org/COVID19Vaccines/
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If you asked ten people what they believe is the most pressing issue confronting healthcare today, you might get ten different responses. Costs increasing? Regulation? What is a technological disruption?
These and numerous other issues are debatable. Not surprisingly, much has been said about these topics in research, within the profession, and in the news. Whether it’s a matter of finance, quality, workload, or outcomes, there’s no shortage of changes that need to be made.
In this Discussion, you examine a national healthcare issue and consider how that issue may impact your work setting. You also analyze how your organization has responded to this issue.
Review the Resources and select one current national healthcare issue/stressor to focus on.
Reflect on the current national healthcare issue/stressor you selected and think about how this issue/stressor may be addressed in your work setting.
By Day 3 of Week 1
Post a description of the national healthcare issue/stressor you selected for analysis, and explain how the healthcare issue/stressor may impact your work setting. Then, describe how your health system work setting has responded to the healthcare issue/stressor, including a description of what changes may have been implemented. Be specific and provide examples.
Discussion: Review of Current Healthcare Issues NURS 6053 By Day 6 of Week 1
Respond to at least two of your colleagues on two different days who chose a different national healthcare issue/stressor than you selected. Explain how their chosen national healthcare issue/stressor may also impact your work setting and what (if anything) is being done to address the national healthcare issue/stressor.
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Week 1 Response 1
Hello Maryam, I thought your post was interesting. I have the same experience. My unit is burned out because of a nursing shortage, and my facility is not hiring new nurses. The medical center is using agency nurses to make up for the insufficiencies. Human Resources are not using enough agency nurses to make a difference. Unfortunately, they do not stay as long as expected because of the working conditions. The nurse ratio has increased with high patient acuity. My facility is implementing mandatory rotation and being pulled to different units frequently to alleviate the shortage. This is how my facility is handling the issue, but it is causing increased cal-louts and burnouts. Some nurses graduate and start working and then determine the profession is not what they thought it would be. Others may work a while and experience burnout and leave the job. Turnover in nursing seems to be leveling off, but only after years of steady climbing in rates. The national average for turnover rates is 8.8 % to 37.0%, depending on geographic location and nursing specialty (Hadad et al., 2020). I work for the government, and they have always been slow with hiring nurses. The hiring process is prolonged due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The shortage of nurses leads to an increase in the workload of the existing workforce, which results in a predictable rise in medication errors. Close to half of all nurses employed have admitted to committing a medication error in the past year. Errors may range from infusing medicines at the wrong rate (most common) to giving improper treatment or mixing up drugs between patients, which easily can result in fatal consequences. (Bradley University, 2018). The manager and nurse coordinator check on the nurse frequently to determine if assistance is needed because of the overwhelming workload. If help is needed, they will help.
Bradley University. (2018, June 15). The nursing shortage and how it will impact patient care | bradley university
online. Retrieved March 4, 2021, from https://onlinedegrees.bradley.edu/blog/the-nursing-shortage-and- how-it-will-impact-patient-care/
Hadad, L. M., Annamaraju, P., & Toney-Butler, T. (2020, December 4). Nursing shortage – statpearls – ncbi
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I really enjoyed your post; you chose a strong discussion topic that I feel as if many of us can relate. Universal healthcare would greatly benefit many if not all of the citizens in our country. I work in an osteoporosis center, where we frequently have issues with patients having high deductibles and copays; therefore, making the treatment that is best for that patient unaffordable. We often times have to argue with high level appeals, which takes a great deal of time and we still often are denied. This is beyond frustrating and is really serving the patient a disservice. Upon researching, I found an article indicating that a jury in Oklahoma awarded $25.5 million dollars to the family of a cancer patient. The family was awarded such a large sum of money because recklessly denies insurance coverage for a cancer patient. The insurance company cited her recommended treatment as experimental. The woman ultimately died. This is a terrible example of how insurance companies can really hinder the well-being of a patient (Aetna ordered, 2018). If we all had universal health coverage, perhaps this woman would have received the care that she as a citizen deserves. Unfortunately, at least half of the population in this world does not have full coverage for healthcare. More than 930 million people spend at least 10% of the overall household budgets paying for healthcare. Universal health care would ensure that everyone, including individuals and families, had access to the health care they need without facing financial hardship. It covers the entire range of basic, high-quality health services, from prevention to recovery, rehabilitation, and palliative care. Many countries are making great strides towards universal health care (Universal health, 2019). It is the hope that we can achieve such a status so that each and every American can receive the care that is deserved.
Aetna ordered to pay $25.5 million for denying coverage to woman who died of cancer. (2018, November 11). Retrieved March 05, 2021, from https://fox8.com/news/health/aetna-ordered-to-pay-25-5-million-for-denying-coverage-to-woman-who-died-of-cancer/
Universal health coverage (UHC). (2019, January 24). Retrieved March 05, 2021, from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/universal-health-coverage-(uhc)
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