The role of nurses in high-tech home care




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



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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