Monday, October 7, 2019


PROMOTING RECOVERY WORKING WITH COMPLEX NEEDS - Essay Example ....................................................... 4 V. Evaluation of Assessment and Medical Intervention Based on Published Literature, Policy and Legislation ........... 5 VI. Lessons Learned from Working with Patient X ....................... 7 References †¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦Ã¢â‚¬ ¦... 9 – 11 Introduction Patient X is 70 years old male patient with dementia who was unconscious at the time he was admitted to NHS hospital because of drug overdose (substance misuse). The patient’s neighbour reported that an empty bottle of benzodiazepines. Since the patient was living on his own, it was his neighbour who brought him to the hospital when he saw patient X lying unconsciously on the floor. Upon describing the assessment and care given to patient X, this study will demonstrate the complexity of the problem and how this imparts on the ill ness of the patient and the service providers. As part of the main discussion, the patient’s health problems including the possible causative factors, how the patient was assessed, and the medical intervention used to save the life of the patient will be described in details. In line with this, the effectiveness of these assessment and medical intervention will be evaluated based on published literature, policy and legislation. After going through reflection with regards to the process of care, lessons learned from working with patient X will be provided. Complexity of the Problem and How this Imparts on the Illness of the Patient and the Service Providers Patient X has a complex health care needs because of his severe dementia, drug overdose and serious eating problem. The fact that the patient was admitted to the hospital unconscious increases the complexity of the patient’s health problem. Benzodiazepine is a sedative drug that is commonly used to induce sleep or le ssen the levels of anxiety. To avoid coma, respiratory depression, central nervous system depression or untimely death caused by drug overdose on benzodiazepines (Ngo et al. 2007; Dart 2003, p. 811), it is important to assess and provide care and treatment to the patient without further agitating the patient’s health condition. Since the patient is already old, there is a high risk that patient X is suffering from other diseases like diabetes or heart-related problems. For this reason, wrong treatment given to the patient could cause patient X to suffer from cardiac-arrest including other kinds of health problems such as respiratory depression. On the part of the service provider, the case of patient X is sensitive since wrong decisions made with regards to the patient’s assessment and care could endanger the life of patient X. Given that patient X have family members who would claim for his body, there is a strong possibility that medical professionals working in the service provider could face legal issues related to medical ethics and negligence. Patient’s Health Problems including Its Causative Factors Dementia can occur because of ageing or excessive intake of alcohol. In line with this, several studies explained that excessive drinking of alcohol could cause serious neurological damage on the brain (Mak 2008; Kapaki 2006). Because of patient’s old age, mental health problem and poor social life, the patient’s quality of living was badly affected. Dementia is a serious health condition since the patient has loss his cognitive ability which makes the patient suffer from disorientation (Lamont 2004).

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