•Explain the procedure for fever management in older adults and its purpose; answer any questions and provide emotional support as needed •As appropriate, ask family members and other visitors to leave the patient’s room in order to promote privacy
Aug 12, 2018 · NURSING CARE OF PATIENT WITH HYPOTHERMIA. The patient is rewarmed by placing him in a warm room, with warm blankets and drinks thus increasing the body temperature. Prevent a further decrease in body temperature by removing wet clothes and replacing them with a dry cloth because it helps to increase body temperature.
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- Executive Summary
- Symptoms and Signs of Suspected Infection
- Evaluation of The Resident
- Clinical Evaluation
- Laboratory Tests
- Suspected Outbreak
- Practice Guidelines and Update Methodology
By the year 2030, 20% of the United States population is estimated to be aged ⩾65 years, and almost 30 million of these persons are anticipated to have functional limitations that will increase the need for long-term care. Currently, there are >16,000 nursing homes/facilities for long-term care in the United States in which ∼1.5 million older adults reside. Care providers in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) are primarily nursing staff, and most contract with group practices or use private physicians from the local community for clinical services. Select specialty services and diagnostic tests are most often provided through contracts with outside providers (e.g., dental care, podiatry, and imaging). Other more-complex or technical services require the resident be transferred to an acute care facility. Urinary tract infection (UTI), pneumonia, soft-tissue infection, gastroenteritis, and prosthetic device associated infections are well-recognized problems among elderly LTCF residents...
Most LTCFs have limited diagnostic equipment on site and are staffed by nursing personnel (primarily certified nurse assistants [CNAs]). Specific data are available to make recommendations for personnel, but no data are available to guide minimal requirements for diagnostic equipment. 1. LTCFs should employ sufficient staff to adequately care for all residents (B-III).
Typical symptoms and signs of infection are frequently absent in LTCF residents, and as one ages and becomes more frail, basal body temperature decreases, making it less likely that one will achieve classic definitions of fever. Infection should be suspected in residents with any of the following characteristics: 2. Infection should be suspected in LTCF residents with: A. Decline in functional status, defined as new or increasing confusion, incontinence, falling, deteriorating mobility, reduced food intake, or failure to cooperate with staff (B-II). B. Fever, defined as: (1) A single oral temperature >100°F (>37.8°C); or (2) repeated oral temperatures >99°F (>37.2°C) or rectal temperatures >99.5°F (>37.5°C); or (3) an increase in temperature of >2°F (>1.1°C) over the baseline temperature (B-III).
CNAs are almost always the first to recognize a symptom or sign of infection in LTCF residents, but data suggest that they frequently misinterpret these clinical clues. 3. The initial clinical evaluation of infection should be a 3-tiered approach involving a CNA, the on-site nurse, and an advanced-practice nurse, physician assistant, or physician (B-III). 4. CNAs should measure vital signs (temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate). Residents who are suspected of having an infection or who have fever, as defined previously, should be reported immediately to the on-site nurse (B-II).
Few data are available to suggest which of the most helpful clinical evaluations should be performed in LTCF residents with suspected infection. However, on the basis of the most common sites of infection and the tenuous physiologic reserve for most residents of LTCFs, the following recommendations can be made: 5. Initial clinical evaluation should involve assessment of respiratory rate, hydration status, mental status, oropharynx, conjunctiva, skin (including sacral, perineum, and perirectal areas), chest, heart, abdomen, and indwelling devices (if present) (B-III).
Effective communication of a resident's status is perhaps intuitive, but some guiding principles can be stated. 6. Information should be relayed to the responsible advance-practice nurse, physician assistant, or physician for decisions regarding further evaluation (B-III). 7. The full extent of the clinical evaluation should be documented as part of the medical record. If specific diagnostic measures are consciously withheld, the reasons should be recorded (B-III).
A full summary of the evaluations for laboratory tests in specific situations is not possible, because they are too numerous to list. The reader is referred to the recommendations for specific syndromes (i.e., UTI, pneumonia, GI infection, and skin and soft-tissue infection [SSTI]). However, several overall guiding principles can be highlighted. InitialDiagnostic Testing 8. Advance directives for residents should be reviewed prior to any intervention; if not prohibited by such directives, initial diagnostic tests for suspected infection can be performed in the LTCF if resources are available and if studies can be done in a timely manner (B-III). Blood Cell Count 9. A complete blood cell (CBC) count, including peripheral WBC and differential cell counts (preferably a manual differential to assess bands and other immature forms), should be performed for all LTCF residents who are suspected of having infection within 12 24 h of onset of symptoms (or sooner, if the resident is seriously...
A broad description of an outbreak investigation is beyond the scope of these guidelines, but a general guide is provided, including circumstances in which appropriate authorities (e.g., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) should be notified. An important aspect of the outbreak investigation is that residents with advanced directives that prohibit testing can and often should be tested if the goal is not for care of that specific patient but reduction in the risk of illness in others. 33. During a possible outbreak of infection, testing of residents, regardless of advanced directive status, may be warranted for diagnostic and infection-control purposes for the protection of other residents and staff (B-III).
Practice guidelines. Practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioners and patients in making decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances . Attributes of good guidelines include validity, reliability, reproducibility, clinical applicability, clinical flexibility, clarity, multidisciplinary process, review of evidence, and documentation . Panel composition.The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Standards and Practice Guidelines Committee (SPGC) convened experts in the evaluation of residents with fever and infection in LTCFs. The Panel's expertise included infectious diseases, geriatrics, primary care, long-term care, and epidemiology/infection control.
In 2000, the IDSA published clinical practice guidelines on the evaluation of fever and infection in LTCFs . The IDSA updates its guidelines when new data or publications might change a prior recommendation or when the Expert Panel feels clarifications or additional guidance is warranted. The previous document is a source for a more detailed review of earlier studies , and the reader is referred to that document for additional information. The Expert Panel addressed the following questions in the 2008 Update. 1. What are the minimum resources required to evaluate suspected infection in LTCFs? 2. What are the criteria for fever and symptoms and signs that suggest infection in a resident of an LTCF? 3. Who should perform the initial evaluation of the resident with suspected infection? 4. What clinical evaluation should be performed for an LTCF resident with suspected infection? 5. How can LTCF staff effectively communicate concerns about possible infection with clinicians who wi...
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Client will be able to report and show manifestations that fever is relieved or controlled through verbatim, temperature of 36.8ᴼC per axilla, respiratory rate of 12- 18 breaths per minute, pulse rate of 60- 75 beats per minute, stable blood pressure, absence of muscular rigidity/ chills and profuse diaphoresis after 4 hours of nursing care.
“Clinical knowledge and understanding of the process of fever as an adaptive response has not resulted in changes to clinical guidelines or nursing interventions.” (Serase & Tranter, 2011, Thompson et al, 2011) A literature review based on improving evidence-based care for patients with fever consists of the following:
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Use the antibiotic to treat bacterial infection, which is the underlying cause of the patient’s hyperthermia. Use the fever-reducing medication to stimulate the hypothalamus and normalize the body temperature. Start intravenous therapy as prescribed. Encourage oral fluid intake if recommended post-operatively.
Mar 25, 2020 · Treating a fever. Fever is part of your body's defense against infection-causing germs. By itself, fever is usually harmless, though a high fever can be miserable. These steps may help you feel better: Drink plenty of fluids to help cool your body and prevent dehydration. Eat light foods that are easy to digest. Get plenty of rest.
Jul 01, 2000 · The specificity was 99.7% when 38.5°C was the threshold and 98.3% when 37.8°C was used. Taken together, these findings indicate that elderly nursing home residents with a persistent oral temperature >37.2°C or an increase in body temperature of 1.3°C above baseline should be evaluated for the presence of infection.
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Apr 19, 2021 · “Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances.”(Institute of Medicine, 1990) Issued by third-party organizations, and not NCCIH, these guidelines define the role ...