How to use the call light intercom system and emergency call light This is a

How to use the call light intercom system and

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How to use the call light, intercom system, and emergency call light. This is a good time to inform the patient of the health-care provider’s orders regarding whether or not the patient is allowed to get out of bed. Location of the bathroom How to use the telephone How to operate the bed. Safety: Explain that the bed should be kept in its lowest position. How to adjust the lighting How to operate the television and radio Location of personal care items; closet and drawer space for patient’s belongings Times meals are served and any dietary restrictions ordered by the health-care provider Location of the cafeteria and snack machines Hours that you will be his or her nurse and how often your visits are to be expected Any policies that apply to the patient or family, such as visitation times, cell phone usage, or tobacco use policy When the health-care provider normally makes visits Discharge The typical discharge process involves the following: Obtaining a physician’s order Notifying the business office of impending discharge Reconciling the patient’s medications
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Providing discharge instructions, prescriptions, and appropriate patient teaching Assisting the patient to gather his or her personal belongings and valuables Documenting the patient’s condition, including vital signs Assisting the patient to the car Documenting the time of discharge and method of transportation Notifying housekeeping so that the room can be cleaned Discharge Planning Discharge planning should begin during or shortly after admission to the hospital and continue until the patient is discharged from the hospital. You and the patient work together and systematically plan how to best meet the patient’s needs after hospitalization. Discharge planning may involve the following: Teaching about the patient’s illness and how it may impact the patient’s life Teaching dietary alterations to meet the patient’s needs Teaching safe and effective use of medications Teaching how to perform treatments, such as the assessment of finger stick blood sugar levels, colostomy irrigation, or dressing changes Teaching methods of adaptation for daily living Recommending various support groups, such as the Mastectomy Support Group or Alcoholics Anonymous Providing the patient with a list of available community resources, such as Meals on Wheels or Women, Infants, and Children Services Making referrals to appropriate agencies such as home health care or hospice Assisting the family to find a long-term care or assisted living facility that will meet their needs When the physician feels the patient is well enough to be discharged, a discharge order is written. If a patient becomes unhappy with his or her care, decides against treatment, or for any other reason simply decides to leave the hospital before the physician authorizes a discharge, this is known as “leaving against medical advice” or leaving AMA.
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  • Fall '19
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