Prevention of Hospital Readmissions Related to Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure

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Prevention of Hospital Readmissions Related to Symptoms of Congestive Heart Failure
NRS 441V
Professional Capstone
March 1, 2014

Providing patients diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure effective teaching can eliminate reoccurring hospitalizations. Patients are discharged with CHF and readmitted within 30 days. The information provided will examine the process of enhancing patient knowledge and provide additional resources essential for effective health care management. Research evidence provides data that proves patients who are diagnosed with CHF needs a variety of health care needs during admission and after discharge. The proposal will display an evaluation plan, implementation plan and a dissemination of the
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Nurses must be educated and evaluated on how important it is to give these patients the education they need to ensure that they live a production lifestyle with their medication regimen, diet and exercise.
In order for the government to reimburse any facility all patients need to be compliant and have adequate knowledge. In nursing teaching is the primary focal point of our job description. Educators will provide nurses with the latest evidence based research for CHF and the teaching needed to continuously promote a health life for our patients with CHF. During a hospital visit for patients with CHF, they may exhibit signs of shortness of breath, coughing up frothy sputum, difficulty lying flat, rapid weight gain, generalized edema, loss of appetite and anxiety to name a few.
A typical patient will present to the emergency department with a diagnostic workup which includes vital signs, labs, chest x-ray, electrocardiogram, and the administration of cardiac medications until the patient is stable and transferred to a telemetry floor where cardiac monitoring will be conducted. This is where pertinent data is examined, a head-to-toe assessment including objective and subjective data with medical history from the patient. Here is the concern and where things may get tricky and missed by the healthcare providers. Patients often forget to fully give the complete information such as, “I took my pink pill today and forgot to take it the other day, or I took


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