Rheumatology is a branch of medicine that detects, treats, and manages patients that suffer from arthritis and other rheumatic disorders. One of the common problems experienced with those who suffer from these conditions is that they aren’t able to get enough rest and sleep because of the pain they are experiencing.
One of the most effective treatments for rheumatic disorders is through infusion therapy. It provides the patients the medication that they need through an IV line which gives a direct and immediate effect to the body. Infusion therapy may be done as outpatient or inside the hospital. It is performed by doctors or trained licensed nurses. Prior to therapy, you will be instructed by the infusion nurse to perform the following:
Drink plenty of water to ensure that you are well hydrated for the procedure.
Inquire whether you need to pre-medicate with medications such as acetaminophen. If there are any, take them prior to the therapy, making sure that you are taking the right dose and taking it at the right time.
Ensure that you wear your most comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. Note that you will be monitored during the entire procedure; wearing loose-fitting clothes will make it easy for you and your health care provider to monitor your vital signs during therapy.
Consider wearing a layer of clothing or clothing with layers. This is to allow you to control your body temperature easily. Some infusion centers may be too cool or too warm. Aside from that, there are IV infusions that can also make your body feel warm or cool. Having layers of clothing will permit you to be flexible enough to control the temperature. However, note that blankets are also available in these centers should you feel too cold.
Inform your physician or bring a complete list of the current medications your taking. It is also best that you tell your physician whether you have allergies to certain medication or foods to prevent any allergic reactions as certain medications can have some ingredient that may trigger an allergic reaction.
One of the most common and most ignored sleeping problems in the world is snoring. Most of us don’t know that it is actually a sign of poor sleep quality, making us more tired and sleepy upon waking up. Although there are natural remedies to manage it, the most effective one is through surgery.
With surgery, IV insertion and infusion is necessary to deliver the right amounts of fluid and electrolytes the body needs for the procedure as well as to serve as a port of entry of the medications that will be administered to the patient. This is primarily the reason why both nurses and the patients should have a good grasp of the code of ethics of infusion nurses.
Code of Ethics on Decision Making
The infusion nurse should, at all times, follow the ethical principles that are stated in the Infusion Nursing Code of Ethics, use the nursing process, and facilitate in making decisions with the patient, their family, and health care providers.
It is important to note that in order to make an ethical decision, it requires the following:
Collection, analysis, and interpretation of data;
Stating the problem;
Determination of treatment options;
Analysis of the pros and cons of each treatment option;
Making a decision.
The code of ethics for infusion nurses is designed to guide and assist them in their practice. It includes duties to the patient, the society, the profession, and their scope and limitations, while ensuring compassionate care to the patients.
Duties to the Patient
The most important part of the code of ethics that both nurses and patients should know is the infusion nurses’ duties to the patient.
The infusion nurses must render compassionate care to the patient.
The infusion nurses must strive in the protection and promotion of the patient’s bill of rights and their well-being.
The infusion nurses must be able to recognize the specific rights of the patients and ensure that these patients will be able to exercise them.
The patient has the right to be treated with consideration, respect, and recognition of their individuality and dignity.
The patient has the right to privacy and confidentiality. They have the right to approve or refuse release of their records to outside agencies.
The patient has the right to have access to the health care provider involved with their care.
The patient has the right to be informed regarding his/her diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment.
The patient has the right to participate in the decision-making process of her care.