Here's a story about engaging patients in their plan of care. It happened to me several years ago when I sought care in my local ED for unrelenting chest pain of 3 days duration, was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary emboli and admitted for 5 days of inpatient anticoagulation. (This account, by the way, does not constitute medical advice from either Flo or Bo.)
I somehow felt "procreate" should fall near the bottom of the care plan. (And may your fingers turn black and rot off if you enter it on mine!) But the topic is surely on the minds of bloggers. As a long-time perinatal nurse, I'm always interested in these conversations. My engineer's mind simply cannot wrap itself around processes that yield such highly variable results as Cesarean birth rates (spanning from 20% to 40% in the course of my 25 year career). What's up with that?
Chris, from The Man-Nurse Diaries, sums up what's being said about home birth in the blogosphere with Home Birth Bonanza. And a host of communication-sensitive strategies for promoting healthy birth experiences can be found In A Maternity Care Utopia at Rebirth.
Over at Reality Rounds, we get to see how incomplete unit-to-unit communication impacts staff in The Pregnancy Secret (or as the author aptly observes, "how nurses get outed at work when they are pregnant").
Dave at The Back Pain Blog sends words of evidenced-based wisdom about Back Pain and Your Mattress setting the tone for "rejuvenate," a key component needed to communicate. Finally, Nurse Laura from Nurse Connect adds her prescriptive advice. You'll know exactly what should be next on your "to do" list once you've read Nurses: It's Time to Reorient Ourselves.
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