With the issues of condition change in patient rising, many studies have been undertaking to ascertain the main causes of the changes (Garratt et al 2001). Patient’s condition can either change positively or negatively, the studies maybe more challenging to conduct since some surveys may show improvement in the scores even in the patient who rated themselves as deteriorating. For symptom based conditions, patient’s outcomes are of paramount importance. The injuries that Joanne incurred such as the haemopneumothorax, generalised bruising to left chest and shoulder temporal area, left abdomen, thigh and left arm needs to be monitored carefully and all its outcomes and changes being recording frequently.
As with Joanna her condition is deteriorating, there are some factors that can be the reasons for these changes. Such reasons may include, adverse events which may be a management problem, unplanned intensive care unit admission which is basically related to an admission that could not be deferred without risk for at least 12 hours, with it leading to poor long term survival most commonly to adults. Joanna’s condition change may be as a result of errors in management such as the unexpected admission to the intensive care, in respect to Joanna’s 55 years old suggesting that she was old thus the unexpected admission may have led to her condition change.
This problem can easily be solved if the management could develop a rapid response team which consists of an afferent limb which is specifically designed to detect recognize and manage deteriorating patients. And the efferent limb which has trained personnel forming a rapid intervention teams who can deliver immediate care and treatment to deteriorating patients. With Joanna having a background and previous medical conditions such as the hypertension and the recently diagnosed type two diabetics mishandling of this conditions according to the institutions protocol may as well be the cause for Joanna’s condition change as the doctors must consider the early conditions in the every treatment and action they take, also the human intervention and doctors may also cause the changes in her conditions, faulty task planning and performance, failure in the patient monitoring from the nurses may also lead to Joanna’s change.
Due to Joanna’s injuries may cause a progressive deterioration of her normal body parts as the injured left radius and ulna, and also the limbs are protected. Because of Joanna’s previous medical conditions indicating that she had some difficulties hence this may also be a reason for her deterioration making her to recover more slowly painful congestion of blood in her feet and legs which may prevent her from resuming to a normal state of activities even after being discharged from the hospital. Due to Joanna’s status and the family relationship she had, being a widower her conditions may have arisen from the intellectual and emotional factors, with the confusion leading to her loose of interest in eating and loss of attention to bladder and bowel continence.
Joanna conditions are expected to deteriorate further, by the fact that she is not up and active and as a consequence she does not re-aerate her collapsed alveoli, Lack of re expansion of atelectasis alveoli produces a progressive congestion in the dependent parts of the lungs (Frederic J, Kottke 2001). Also by the time she will be in bed thus developing the respiratory complications due to her diminished ventilation. It is also likely that Joanna will develop metabolic imbalances due to the time she will be bedridden, this is due to the fact that she will be immobile and immobilization is most likely to cause metabolic imbalances, as the breaking down of proteins and excretion of nitrogen increases, as a person remains immobile. Due to the injuries she
Incurred when she fall down the tree thus later the parts that were injured are more likely to be non-functional. Connective tissues will continuously reorganize itself to provide support for organs and cells as she continues to lay in bed, the organization will depend on the motion in the connective tissues, as it is frequently stretched making the shortens to appear to reorganization rather than formation of new collagen. She may also lose her muscle strength, considering that muscle power depends on the work which it can do per unit time. The maintenance of a powerful muscle depends on its exertion of maximal tension at frequent intervals.
A patient with a deteriorating condition needs to be frequently assessed; this process can be made successful by a variety of tools such as the Primary (ABCDE) tool and the head to toe assessment, the Airway, breathing, circulation, disability, exposure (Smith, D., & et al. (2017).
In providing up to date information about the ABCDE primary approach nurses are supposed to practice it effectively by applying the four themes of code. This assessment method enables nurses to identify and provide a quick response to a condition in order of priority. The signs of the patient should be measured and recorded by a track and trigger tool so as to enhance recognition of physiological abnormalities that signals deterioration in a patient. The nurses and the physicians should employ communication tools to optimize communication and escalation of deteriorating patients. All emergency equipment such as oropharyngeal or nasopharyngeal, a non-rebreather oxygen mask with reservoir bag, intravenous fluids and appropriate syringes for
Collecting blood samples should be readily available and that the nurse should clean their hands with an antiseptic before commencing the assessment (Tvedt and Bukholm 2005). The procedure for carrying out ABCDE assessment includes, looking, listening and feeling in Airway, Breathing and circulation with both of them having different approaches in the case of disability the patients level of consciousness using the Alert, responds to voice, responds to pain and unresponsive (Council Uk 2015). As in the case of exposure the nurse will perform a head a toe assessment, where he or she looks, listen and feel any physiological abnormalities which might indicates the cause of patients cute in registration and associated lack of practical abilities thus the need for the nurses to acquire the necessary knowledge acute care skills.
Head to toe assessment is used to detect axial and peripheral enteritis to patients with psoriatic arthritis an axial spondyloarthrisis in which the presence of heel enteritis often is a clinical feature (Poggenborg, R. P.,et al 2005). The head and toe assessment can detect the inflammatory lesions, and its distributions. Head to toes assessment has the ability to detect and assess overall disease activities and structural damages in different body parts, some parts in the bodies such as knees, hips, Si joints and the spine can easily be visualized by the head to toe assessment, there are also some areas that are not easily visualized by the head to toe assessment this includes, elbows and distal joints of the hands and feet, this may be as a result of smaller sizes of the joint causing spatial resolutions, movement artifacts and the longer distances from the center of magnetic reasoning imaging (MRI) unit decreasing field homogeneity. More techniques on image acquisition has been developed for the future hence the head to toe assessment can be conducted easily in the coming days, more optimal positioning of the patient in the scanner may also
Facilitate reliable assessment of peripheral joints, it is more difficult to assess very small joints by the head to toes assessment and therefore the might be falsely negative. The correlation between the head to toes assessment and the clinical examination (Primary ABCDE), the Bruch’s membrane opening scores relates significantly with the swollen joint counts in patients with psoriatic arthritis. Also no association is there between synovitis and clinical joints count. In contrasting the primary (ABCDE) assessment method and the head to toe assessment it is concluded by the fact that ABCDE method concerns mostly with theoretical analyzation and observations of the patients changes this is made possible by looking, feeling and listening, by the fact that it can be undertook anywhere even in the streets without any equipment makes it more advantageous than the head to toe assessment it can easily be used to patients with disabilities.
Head to toe assessment concerns with the practical assessment as the nurse needs to practically examine the patient; his method is commonly used in the structural damages and assessment of patients with joint problems. All the two methods of assessment requires a trained nurse in the field so as he or she can record the systematic deteriorating of the patient, head to toe assessments also require more surgical equipments that can be used to examine certain non-physical joints. Kouwenhoven and his colleagues discovered ABCDE primary assessment so that it can help in safe-guarding the airway and delivery rescue breaths considering that unlike Head to toe assessment primary ABCDE is conducted immediately to respond to the condition and thus providing instant medical treatments.
In emphasizing the critical injuries of the patients nurses tends to use ABCDE as in the case of (Styner et al 2007) where observed and inadequate emergency care was provided after they had a plane crush, ABCDE is recommended for all patients who has a cardiac arrest to patients experiencing all medical and surgical emergencies, making it to be a strong tool for the initial assessment of patients in acute settings and also to provide treatment to them. It mostly helps in determining the seriousness of a condition and therefore recommending for an initial surgical and clinical interventions, if widely use it also enhances unity among the health practioners
An increase or decrease in respiratory rates is a vital assets in clinical deterioration, with conditions such as tachypnea the increase in the respiratory rates, has been the most important signal in interventions and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest, the respirator rates are now included in the early warning scores because of its importance’s. The main aim of early warning scores is to combine observations of vital signs to a cumulative result that can possibly identify physiological deterioration in ill patients at the hospital. Though respiratory rates cannot be used in patients with respiratory conditions as there are automated techniques which measures respiratory rate, with an aid of equipments which might interfere the natural breathing process directly.
Conditions such as Respiratory sinus arrhythmia is associated with respiration, thus respiration plays and important role in modulating the heart rates such that it can increase during inspiration and decrease during respiration. R. peak modulation the during the process of respiration the chest due to the filling and empting of the lings causing a rotation in the electrical axis of the heart that causes modulation of the amplitude of the epidermal growth factor (Orphanidou, C.et al. (2013) . A predetermined calling criterion to addressing ABCDE which includes ascertaining respiratory assists nurses and other clinical officers in recognizing deteriorating patients.
Some inventions have come up to provide systems that can measure respiratory rates accurately, this system includes an impedance pneumography sensors connected to two electrodes and a processing system that receives and process signals from the electrodes to measure the patients respiratory rates. During and after a surgery respiratory rates of a patient are frequently monitored. It can be indicate as a patient’s number of breaths within a certain period of time. An optical sensor can also be used to measure a patient’s respiratory rate the sensor comprising of a light emmitor configured to impinge light on body tissue of a patient. A bio-impedance sensor and a capnography censor designed to an acoustic respiration signal from a living patient. And a processor configured to: obtain a first respiratory rate measurement from the physiological signal, obtain a second respiratory rate measurement from the acoustic respiratory signal, and calculate a confidence in the first respiratory rate measurement responsive to the first and the second respiratory measurements.
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