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Communication, Safety, and Infection Control

Communication,Safety, and Infection Control

Communication,Safety, and Infection Control

Thepatient should be attended to effectively. Once this is properlydone, the patient will have to be assessed, diagnosed, and providedwith the necessary interventions. However, while doing all these, thehealth care provider should be keen on the documentation process.Meaning, all the vital data on the patient’s medical history andcurrent status should be properly filed(DiCenso Cullum &amp Ciliska, 2011).

Oneof the most powerful tools to use when attending to the patient iscommunication. The practitioner should effectively communicate withthe patient and the care providers. To do this, the practitionershould be a good listener who lends his ears to what the patient hasto say. Besides, the practitioner should employ effectiveinterpersonal communication skills (Melnyk,Gallagher‐Ford,Long &amp Fineout‐Overholt,2014).This simply implies that the practitioner should be ready to persuadethe patient and encouraging him to contribute towards his care bymaking important decisions that cannot be made by the practitioneralone. In the case of any linguistic challenges, the practitionershould employ the services of an interpreter who has a soundunderstanding of the patient’s language.

Apartfrom the effective use written, verbal, and non-verbal communication,the health care provider should be ready to provide the necessaryinterventions to the patient. This can play an integral role in thepromotion of patient safety. For instance, to prevent falls, thehealth care provider should cooperate with the patient at all timesand be keen on his movements(Melnyk, Gallagher‐Ford,Long &amp Fineout‐Overholt,2014).Lastly, the health care provider should take all the necessarymeasures to prevent the spread of the infection. No matter howserious the condition of the patient might be, it should be thehealth care provider to offer all the necessary assistance to ensurethat the patient is safe and helped to manage the condition.

References

DiCenso,A. Cullum, N. &amp Ciliska, D. (2011).Implementingevidence-based nursing: some

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Melnyk,B. M., Gallagher‐Ford,L., Long, L. E., &amp Fineout‐Overholt,E. (2014). “The

establishmentof evidence‐basedpractice competencies for practicing registered nurses

andadvanced practice nurses in real‐worldclinical settings: proficiencies to improve

healthcarequality, reliability, patient outcomes, and costs.” Worldviewson

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