Safety to the Patients

Safety to the Patients

The joint commission has an article called National Patient Safety Goals. In this article there are five goals and applications of the goals stated is a systematic and legible way. These goals and their application pertain to safe home health practices but be applied to all form of nursing. The goals are in order starting with the first goal of how too: ‘improve the accuracy of patient identification’. It is important to identify in two different form the patient’s identification and their address. I can only imagine showing up to your patient’s house and completing a visit just to realize you had the wrong address and wrong patient. The next goal stated is to ’improve the safety of using medications’. Patients use multiple medications. It is important to educate them about what they are taking and set up weekly medication distribution to help the patient safely take their medications. Third goal stated: ‘Reduce the risk of health care – associated infections. Following the world health organization on hygiene guidelines and center for disease control states that proper hand hygiene prevents the majority of staff to patient transmission of infections agents. The fourth goal stated: “Reduce the risk of patient harm resulting from harm’. Falls are a major problem for patients in the home as well as in institutions. It is imperative that health care providers assess a patient’s environment and fall risk with the goal to prevent falls. The fifth goal is: ‘The organization identifies safety risks inherent in its patient population’. It is emphasized that the use of home oxygen can be a high-risk treatment for patient burns, catching on fire and explosion’s when used around and with fire containing products such as cigarettes and candles. It is recommended that the provider asses the patient uses oxygen in a safe manor (The Joint Commission,2021). Technology and the benefits to Nursing In the article How Technology Has Changed the Role of Nursing it is stated that technology plays a huge role in the delivery clinical care to patients. The use of electrical medical record has taken away the need for paper records and aids in unifying a patient’s medical treatment across different modalities. The electrical health records allow the practitioner to see the patients past and current medication prescriptions. Th Electrical medical records help prevent over prescribing medications and or allowing the use of medications that are contraindicated with each other. The electrical medical records have helped me to establish the patients often vital medications on admission so that they can receive their medication in a timely manner. The Electrical medical record also lets me know what the patient taking at home if they don’t know or if they are lying to me about if they have an opioid script. The electrical medical record helps me to be a better health care practitioner

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