Respiratory Complications Reduction: Stakeholders
The paper identifies stakeholders related to the change in preventing respiratory complications in patients undergoing interventional radiological procedures under conscious sedation at Kendall Regional Medical Center.
Registered nurses in ICU are at the middle level of the nursing hierarchy. They usually report to a nurse manager or a nursing director. The nursing director reports to a chief nursing officer. The staffing levels of registered nurses in the intensive care unit have been set by professional groups on the national level, and they remain almost constant across different hospitals (Blegen, Vaughn, & Vojir, 2007). Respiratory Complications Reduction: Stakeholders.
The registered nurse at ICU responds to patients’ needs for care at the Kendall Regional Medical Center. They are responsible for following institutional protocols aimed at the improvement of patient outcomes (Blegen et al., 2007). The result of the practicum change project might be greatly affected by the role of a registered nurse.
Interventional Radiology (IR) nurses are at the middle level of the nursing hierarchy. They report directly to a nursing manager (Nursing Management Hierarchy, n.d.).
The IR nurse is one of the two professionals responsible for the proper care of the patient that undergoes IR procedures (Martin & Lennox, 2003). They have to be present during the whole process to monitor a patient’s vital signs, detect adverse drug reactions, and record the response to administered medications (Martin & Lennox, 2003). Therefore, the positive outcome of the change project depends on the contribution of the IR nurse.
The interventional radiologist is a board-certified physician with a college degree and a year of additional training in surgery or general medicine. Respiratory Complications Reduction: Stakeholders. They usually require education in vascular and interventional radiology, as well as, diagnostic radiology (Martin & Lennox, 2003).
The interventional radiologist is the professional responsible for controlling drug administration and evaluation of patient’s safety (Martin & Lennox, 2003). They have to ensure that the medical history of the patient is properly evaluated and to determine the chances of the negative reaction to sedation and the physiologic reserve of the respiratory system (Martin & Lennox, 2003). The interventional radiologist has to rely on their judgment and previous experience to justify the procedure for the patients in the high-risk category. They have to be present during IR procedures to make sure the sedated patient is safe, thus significantly contributing to the prevention of respiratory complications (Martin & Lennox, 2003).
The patients undergoing interventional radiological procedures under conscious sedation and their families are responsible for the provision of consent for the procedure (Sanborn et al., 2005). After the sedation medications are ordered, the nurse has to inform the patient or the families about possible negative consequences for the patient’s health. The sedation procedure cannot begin before the nurse obtains a signed consent form (Sanborn et al., 2005). Therefore, patients or their families should not cause delays in providing their consent. The outcome of the practicum change project can be affected by the role of patients or their families. Respiratory Complications Reduction: Stakeholders.
The nurse director is the job title at the senior level of the Kendall Regional Medical Center’s organizational hierarchy. They are responsible for the coordination and control of the activities of the entire nursing team (Nursing Management Hierarchy, n.d.).
The nurse director has to effectively manage the personnel so they would be able to deliver adequate sedation and properly evaluate the comfort and analgesia levels during the interventional radiological procedures (Bluemke & Breiter, 2005). Respiratory Complications Reduction: Stakeholders. Considering that the safety and efficiency of the sedation procedure depend on the adequate monitoring and medication administration, the outcome of the practicum change project can be greatly affected by the role of the nurse director who is responsible for the coordination of the nursing team (Bluemke & Breiter, 2005).
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