Provision of quality healthcare should be the ultimate goal of any health practitioner and institution. The process begins when a patient entrust their wellbeing to the practitioner. Be it a nurse, medical doctor, surgeon or pharmaceutical. One of the most important stages during surgical treatment is the perioperative stage. At this stage, the patient is prepared for treatment and most likely surgery. There are many perioperative medical practices that are used worldwide. Many of these practices have been around for many years yet their practice not evidence based (Spry, 2009). Recent researches by various health experts recommend the adoption of safer, cost effective and evidence based practices.
Some of these practices have been found to increase the risk on the patient and may lead to complications in future (Tanner, 2011). A forum conducted by various stakeholders in the medical arena sought to assess common perioperative procedures. Some of these procedures have been reviewed briefly below.
For instance, the use of nasogastric tubes was reviewed. Both the pros and cons of this practice were enumerated in the forum. The aim of this procedure is to decompress the alimentary canal before or after surgery. The practice has been around since the 1920s and it has been accepted world as a drainage procedure.
[...] Medscape General Surgery. (2008). Shifting Sands in Surgical Dogma: Evidence-Based Reappraisal of Perioperative Practices. Retrieved March from http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/568029 Norton, J. A. (2008). Surgery: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. Nurse-State Board of Nursing Credit. (2009). Preoperative Hair Removal: Impact on Surgical Sites Infections. Pfiedler Enterprises. Spry, C. (2009). [...]
[...] Everyone should play a role in safeguarding the welfare of patients at all costs. Through research and proven evidence, it is clear that lasting solutions can be found not only in perioperative procedures but in the entire health sector. Awareness creation and advancement in technology are a sure way forward in ensuring best health practices are provided in the safest environments possible References Lubin, M. F., Smith, R. B., & Dodson, T. F. (2010). Medical Management of the Surgical Patient: A Textbook of Perioperative Medicine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [...]
[...] Another way of improving the shaving perioperative would be to create shave” posters which would be located at strategic places where it is likely to occur. All this is in the effort to protect the patient and provide them with the best health care. Patients should also be educated on the risks involved and the roles they should play in ensuring they too maximize their safety during surgery. Nurses are some of the initial contacts with a patient. They should engage in briefing them on any practices that may cause harm to them. [...]
[...] (2010). Perioperative Safety. Amsterdam: Elsevier Health Sciences. [...]
[...] Routine shaving of the area prior to surgery is a common perioperative procedure in many parts of the world. Over the years, massive evidence against this procedure has been gathered though it is still rampant in majority of hospitals in the world today. This procedure increases the chances of Surgical Site Infection. The use of razors and other shaving equipment have been identified as the key causes to this risk. There is a need to review this procedure and use alternative skin preparation procedures to avert the eminent risks associated with the shaving procedure. [...]
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