Skilled Nursing Care
In many cases, skilled nursing care is associated with and confused with nursing home or acute care centers. But skilled nursing care really refers to a higher level of care for patients who are recovering in a facility or at home. Skilled nursing care is another of the services provided by Diversity Home Health Group.
In Home Skilled Nursing Services
Skilled nursing services can be carried out in an institutional setting like a hospital, nursing home, or recovery center, but they can also be provided in more private setting like assisted living facilities and your private residence. Regardless of where the care is provided, skilled care most often covers the following needs of the patient:
Post surgical care. Proper treatment during recovery after surgery is essential for making a complete recovery. In many cases, post surgical care leads into a variety of recovery issues as well as rehabilitative concerns which must be addressed during the recovery period.
Wound management. Properly dressing wounds after surgery or after a critical accident is an essential service provided by a skilled nurse. Since different kinds of wounds have different forms of treatment and different complications associated with them, a skilled nurse is often assigned to handle wound management.
Medication management. Whether medications are given orally, injected or delivered by some other means, skilled nurses are often called upon to not only perform the task of monitoring and administering proper dosages, but they also provide instruction and supervision to the patient and/or caregivers in the administration of prescribed and over-the-counter medications.
Intravenous medications. Though a part of medication management, a skilled nurse is required for handling medications which are delivered through intravenous delivery systems and means.
Ostomy care. This is another area where skilled nursing is essential to proper patient recovery or ongoing treatment. Because of its technical nature and the dangers associated with it, ostomy care requires a skilled nurse to make certain it is carried out properly. If the care is to be long term, then caregivers are often trained and supervised by a skilled nurse in order to assure that continued care will be carried out properly.
Catheter Care. Related to ostomy care, proper use of a catheter requires the special training of a skilled nurse. Besides providing this care early on in the recovery process, skilled nurses train and supervise patients and caregivers in the proper use of catheters as well.
Short-term rehabilitation. Skilled nurses are often called upon to perform certain short-term rehabilitation tasks as well. Though these duties are often passed on to rehabilitative professionals, they are initially carried out or supervised as a part of skilled nursing services.
Skilled nursing services sometimes include end of life care or other duties associated with patient recovery, but they are not typically engaged in the duties of a primary caregiver. Regardless of the setting, the objective of skilled care is focused upon those needs directly associated with the patient’s medical needs.
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What Is Skilled Nursing Care?
Those who need ongoing acute or long-term nursing care during recovery after surgery or a debilitating illness are often in need of skilled nursing care. Skilled nurses work with primary care or specialist physicians in order to carry out technical and critical assignments associated with the physician’s orders. In many cases, skilled nursing care is necessary around the clock for patients with serious health conditions.
A skilled nurse is most often an RN or LVN with adequate training and experience dealing with the patient’s specific condition. A single nurse or team of nurses are often assigned and supervised by a single skilled nurse to make certain that all doctor’s order are followed and complications are treated immediately. In essence, skilled nurses are your doctor’s right hand when it comes to providing critical care that other caregivers are not adequately trained to perform.
Do I Need a Skilled Nurse?
This question is often answered for you by your primary care physician or the physician who was in charge of your care during and after surgery or after your accident or illness. Regardless of whether you are released to an institution for recovery or to your private residence, your physician will typically request skilled nursing as a part of your release orders. If those directives were not a part of your physicians orders, then consider the following as reasons for contacting a skilled nurse:
Wound management is beyond expertise of you or your caregiver.
Medication administration is too complicated or dangerous for you or your caregiver to carry out.
You require rehabilitative services as a part of your recovery.
You or your caregiver is unfamiliar or unable to continue utilizing ostomy equipment or catheters.
Any portion of your medical care is beyond the ability of either you or your caregiver to carry out.
Benefits of Skilled Nursing Care at Home
Skilled nursing services do not have to be limited to institutions. In fact, because a patient is often more relaxed in their own home, an in home nurse is often more beneficial for a more rapid recovery. There are numerous other benefits to skilled nursing care at home:
Lowers the risk of communicated infections.
Lowers the risk of abuse or neglect often associated with institutional staff.
Allows you to have a more personal and focused level of care.
Is a first, critical line of defense should complications associated with your condition or recovery arise.
An in home nurse will help train and supervise you and/or your caregiver in the proper administration of medications, proper rehabilitative measures, the long-term use of ostomy or catheter equipment and other specialized equipment necessary for your recovery or daily living activities.
Because skilled nursing often makes an enormous difference in your recovery or treatment, an in home nurse should be high on your list of priorities if you intend to recover from your illness or injury at home or need short-term or extended-term medical care. If a skilled nurse is not ordered by your primary physician, make sure to call and request further information concerning skilled nursing care services.
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