Interdisciplinary Care Providers

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Read the following case study.

You are a staff nurse working in an intensive care unit and assigned to care for a 75-year-old man who had coronary artery bypass graft surgery four days ago. The patient has a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbated by heavy smoking. His postoperative course has been difficult, and he has suffered a number of setbacks. Staff members, despite their diligent efforts, have not been able to wean him off the ventilator since the surgery. He has required frequent suctioning throughout the shift, and he is being evaluated for the development of ventilator-associated pneumonia.

Today, when returning from lunch, you observed that an experienced nurse was suctioning your patient. His secretions were thick, and you observed that the nurse was instilling saline into the patient’s endotracheal tube as she was suctioning him. The patient turned red and began coughing, and it was obvious he was in distress.

You asked the nurse why she was instilling saline into his endotracheal tube. She replied that this was being done to loosen the secretions. You told her this was no longer an acceptable practice. She stated that she many years of critical care experience and she didn’t care what anyone said, that the only way you could loosen the patient’s secretions would be to instill saline. She also said that would be the last time she would do something for one of your patients while you were at lunch.

Identify the interdisciplinary care providers you need to include to ensure your patient receives the best treatment.

Outline how you will coordinate, engage, and transition your patient to other providers.

Format your assignment as the following:

  • 18- to 20-slide presentation (Excludes title page and reference page slide)
  • Cite at least two scholarly articles as a basis for your interdisciplinary recommendations.

Meet the grading criteria

Content: 150 points possible

Points possible

Points earned

Comments

Identifies interdisciplinary care providers

37.5

Outlines coordination of care

37.5

Explains engagement strategies

37.5

Summarizes transition techniques

37.5

Format: 50 points possible

Points possible

Points earned

Comments

Cites at least two scholarly articles

25

Follows a structure that is clear, concise, and easy to follow

25

Points earned/possible

/200


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