Unit 14 -Physiological Disorder
D1-Evaluate the effectiveness of health and social care practitioners and agencies working together to deliver the care pathway
Within this report I will be evaluating the effectiveness of health and social care practitioners and agencies working together to deliver the care pathway. As health care professionals it is important that as a team they work together to provide for the individual’s needs when delivering the care pathway. The care pathway for individuals who suffered from a stroke is very vital as it includes the recovery process in getting them back to their independence and assisting them to gain their strength back. From inside the hospital professionals have different roles and responsibilities in their task. This is so that there will be no arguments about someone else doing their role as everyone is given something to do and would have different roles. The stroke team would include nurses, therapists, stroke specialist nurse, doctors, social worker, physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals according to the individual’s needs.
As there are different health professionals working together and something was to go wrong. At least there is someone there who is qualified to make sure things go back on track. As some professionals are not qualified in other roles such as a nurse being a therapist, they would not be able to give the patient treatment. This is because they do not understand the skills and may not be qualified to carry out these procedures. In dealing with patients who have had a stroke you would need to be very careful with them as they may be prone to falls and can fracture themselves.
The nurses are there to help out with administering the medication to the patient as they are qualified to do so. The other health professional, comes in where equipment is needed. There probably was a fault in the machine which the professionals on the ward are not able to deal with. However they can use the equipment such as the hoist to transfers their patients from one bed to another or from the bed to the chair.
Individuals who have suffered from a stroke would need the support from nurses to ensure that they are okay and taking all their medication but also to check that the medications’ are not reacting with each other. The negative is that sometimes because the nurse is so busy the individual’s needs may not be met straight away. If the other health professionals are available and can help out then they will do what they can to support them until the nurse gets to them. According to each individual their care pathway would be somewhat different to everyone else’s and therefore care would be given in their best interest. In the care pathway it is planned out what therapies the individual may need and the different support needed to help with recovery. Throughout this care plan until the individual is ready to be discharged from the hospital to go home even though the treatments may continue.
The team working together will follow up on the individual’s health condition to make sure that they are healing properly and that nothing else is affecting them. Another benefit for the patients is that not only will they get good service but it will also continue when they get home. This is because health care workers will be coming to visit these individuals within their own homes.
Whilst these health professionals work together they still have to follow the code of conduct and legislations put in place to protect themselves and also the patients as well. As individuals who suffer from stroke are soon awaiting to go home they will receive counselling to let them be aware of the changes that would take place and how it would affect their holistic health and well-being. This will enable the individual to cope a little easier at home, but however, carers and family relatives would need to help them out as they are not strong enough or capable to help themselves. Depending on individual’s religious needs working with the doctor to find out what they are allowed to eat, would allow that individual to have their needs catered for.
D2 -Evaluate the care strategies that can be used to support an individual with one of the chosen physiological disorders.
Within this report I will be evaluating the care strategies that can be used to support an individual with a stroke. The strengths of the care strategies are to help individuals focus on regaining their strength and stability. This is to allow them to become a lot more independent where possible. Therapy is another strength that would help individuals to get the part of the body that was affected by the stroke back working. The therapy would try and restart the arm and leg by doing short exercises to get them working again. Along with that speech therapy would also be involved to allow the individual to work on speaking and getting their words clearer.
Negative not everyone is able to speak after their stroke and it is very hard for them to gain it back. From my experience, I have seen individuals who had a stroke and were unable to communicate, but after a few years of having a stroke and unable to talk. Some people are finally able to open their mouth and express their thoughts and feelings. This can also be a strength as the individual has regained their ability to speak, which means that they would have benefited from the ongoing rehabilitation process.
Whilst individuals are still in hospital the general practitioner would come around and check their vitals to make that they are remaining at a normal level for their blood pressure and cholesterol levels making sure that they are in a safe range before they are discharged from the hospital. Throughout their short stay depending on how severe their stroke was, individuals would have learnt their new dietary meals which would be much healthier. They would also be encouraged to lose weight as part of triggering a stroke is your weight. Along with their dietary habits which they would need to change with the help of a dietician who would take them through the process and encourage them to stick to it.
The dietician would work along with the general practitioner to ensure that if anything happens the general practitioner is alerted straight away. When individuals arrive at their very own home they will be welcomed be a hospital bed their very own hoist which allows caring for the individual to become a lot safer according to the manual handling regulations and health and safety at work. But also make it easier to support his personal hygiene moods. The medication that they will be taken will also be examined and checked by the doctor to see if it is effective or if it is not working for them.
However, if this mediation is not working for them then a different type or increased dosage may be given depending on the individual. The physiotherapist will need to also work with the individual’s family to help encourage and support their relative, especially in regaining their mobility. This means that eventually they will be able to do something for themselves. Whether be it washing their face with their good hand and be able to walk with the walking frame around the house. This is known as the informal care strategy in which a relative is looking after them. As one of the relatives you have to be very strong emotionally and be very positive around their relative so that they are not upset and always gloomy.
In conclusion, strategies are used to help individuals have a plan to help them with themselves especially when they are no longer capable of taking care of themselves. It also showed how professionals can work together to support the patients’ needs and providing a good service so that individuals can benefit from it. Therefore, allowing them to get through their recovery process a lot easier and much quicker.