6 Small things that can positively impact patient care

6 Small things that can positively impact patient care

6 Small things that can positively impact patient care

by Gorilla Jobs in Facts & Figures 16/10/2018

6 Small things that can positively impact patient care

We all know a lot goes into successfully running a practice. From managing the practices and its operations to patient care and doctors’ billings and even ongoing education of doctors and staff alike. Never a dull moment to learn more.

However, there have also been some studies in the past into specific topics that show an increase in patient care with just a few minor suggestions. We have combined them below as some food for thought.

Patient Care

TIP 1) Checklists

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This may sound counter-intuitive and like extra work, but the above studies have tested the use of Checklists in operating rooms of hospitals and there have been positive results.

Much like pilots have checklists for their planes before and during flights, doctors and nurses can benefit from this too. What they have found is that by having checklists nearby, it can benefit by minimizing the rate of mistakes/deaths with certain operating procedures and it can result in the doctors and nurses increasing their awareness of preventive health measures.

It takes away the risk of forgetting to do something before, during or after a procedure. It can give guidelines to those less experienced to deal with emergencies. It can even help with the organisation of the workflow at the reception and training of new staff.

6 Small things that can positively impact patient care

TIP 2) Syringes

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Syringes surprisingly come with their own set of problems other than making a lot of patients uncomfortable. There are costs as well as health issues involved with keeping the syringes sterile, and simply reusing the wrong syringes can lead to a range of infections.

Luckily there have already been some people proactively trying to fix this. One such example is a Self-Destructing syringe, that does not retract again after you use it. And it seems to be suggested that the worldwide cost of making more of these Self-Destructing syringes is not greater than the current health costs associated with improper use of contaminated reusable syringes.

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TIP 3) Plants

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An older study of 90+ retirement homes has shed light on an important psychological aspect of nursing home and elderly patients. They gave half of the residents a houseplant that they had to care for themselves, and the other half had their houseplants taken care of by the nurses and carers. The mental health and overall happiness of those that had to take care of their own plant was much better than the other half of the residents.

Psychology has later hypothesized this as ‘locus of control’ – Feeling as though you personally can impact and make a difference in your world vastly improves your mindset, and with better mindset comes better quality of life.

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TIP 4) Kangaroo Care

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The term is used to describe the way kangaroos carry their young. For premature babies in particular though, they have found that applying such a technique can vastly improve the baby’s health.

What they have noticed is, by regularly cuddling the baby against your skin on a daily basis, that skin contact will benefit the baby’s development in more ways than one. Decreased infections and mortality, as well as increasing sleep and stabilizing temperature, are a few of the benefits found.

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TIP 5) Umbilical Cords

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On the topic of babies, a research has also shown that there are some benefits to not immediately cutting the umbilical cord after birth. Instead of waiting up to 3 minutes after birth has seen an increase in the baby’s iron levels.

This almost suggests that the umbilical cord even after birth, is still downloading necessary information and nutrients into the baby that it will need in the coming months.

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TIP 6) Honey

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The last one, and one that you may already know. But the Manuka flower and in its honey form, can be a good resistance in some cases where normal antibiotics may actually cause the bacteria to adapt and come back stronger. It seems the components in Manuka and the stickiness of the honey have the potential to block bacteria from even entering into a wound where it would do more damage.

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Summary

At Gorilla Jobs we always strive to find the best solutions for our candidates and clients and will not hesitate to think outside the box. Consider us your layer of honey that works hard to only let in the good kind of bacteria.

We would highly encourage you to trial our services by contacting one of our consultants, browsing our Doctor Jobs or by chatting with our support team online.