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The role of nurses in high-tech home care

High-tech home care nursesNurses play a critical part in the provision of high-quality high-tech care in patients’ homes. With the rapidly increasing number and complexity of new services and technologies, these professionals are being asked to take on an even greater role.

 

 

 

Nurses’ knowledge and skills

Taking just intravenous (IV) therapy into consideration, the scope of knowledge and skills nurses require is broad indeed. It includes:

 

  • Legal and ethical issues

  • Infection control

  • Anatomy and physiology

  • Fluid and electrolyte balance

  • Pharmacology

  • Management of blood and blood products

  • Management of disposable products

  • Mathematical calculations

  • Drug administration

  • Treatment complications and their prevention

  • Equipment operation, limitations, and alarm settings

 

Nurses as educators

Nurse educatorsThe effectiveness of home-care technologies depends on their appropriate use by patients and caregivers – people who often have little technical knowledge about medical devices and even health care in general. This correct use depends, in turn, on the ability of professional care providers, such as nurses, to train them.

 

Recommendation

Our research shows that nurses are a largely untapped resource when it comes to the development of equipment, user manuals, and informational handouts. We therefore join other experts in the field to call for an increase in nurses’ participation in the early stages of equipment design and development. Given their expertise as both high-tech users and educators, nurses would be invaluable innovation consultants.

 

Based on : Lehoux, P., R. Pineault, L. Richard, J. St-Arnaud, S. Law, & H. Rosendal. (2003)
Adapted by : Morgan Holmes, Ph.D.

 

REFERENCES

  • Lehoux, P., R. Pineault, L. Richard, J. St-Arnaud, S. Law, & H. Rosendal. (2003). Issues in quality of high-tech home care: Sources of information and staff training in Quebec primary care organizations and relationships with hospitals. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance 16.1: 37-46.

 

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