I'm a home health nurse in Texas. I've been doing home health for a few years. I was just told the surveyor is at the agency and wants to interview a nurse (the agency choose me) and visit two of my patients. The patients are mostly teaching patients and do not receive any skilled services at this time(drains, vacs, IV's dialysis etc). What am I to expect in the interview and the inspector observing my visit??
Heres what I usually do:
I go to patients home usually have some type of conversation with them before I start their visit.
Do a partial head to toe asking questions about different body systems specific to patients disease process. (urination, bowel pattern, dietary intake etc)
Assess medications (advise of refills, soon to expire medications, ask about different meds if patient understands why they are taking it, and assess compliance)
Of course measure b/p, glucose temp, weight
Answer any questions (monitor exacerbation's of known disease processes) and keep track of physician visits
Some other details
I was told this is the department of disability and aging.
I don't know much about specific home health policies and procedures
Please offer a word of advice