LadysSolo 5,280 Views
Joined Dec 17, '06.
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You have to explain things in "people language," not "medical speak." I explain things to patients in "people language" as much as I can, and they seem to appreciate it. Example to a patient about to have an angioplasty - "it's kind of like snaking your drain to remove a clog." They get the picture and aren't afraid. Or doing wound care on a large wound using collagen to a construction worker - Asked if he used scaffolding, he said yes, and told him the collagen was like scaffolding for his tissue to grow onto. He got it. When you explain it in their world, it makes things better.
At a previous employer some years ago our nurse managers would make rounds on new admissions within their 1st 24 hours. Apparently my elderly pt was upset that I just so happened to be born Black and she wasn't so happy to have that "N****r nurse taking care of her. My nurse manager thought it was ok to ask me to go to the gift sop and by that witch a gift so that she'd be more comfortable with me caring for her. To say I was dumbfounded is an understatement.
I cannot get a flu vaccine due to allergy to the preservatives used (same problem with annual TB test - in fact it was apparently the TB test that sensitized me.) But I have a larger problem with mandating - the efficacy of the flu vaccine varies wildly year to year. In the nursing homes I go to in my practice, this year nearly every resident got the vaccine, and IMHO efficacy (due to the number of residents with the flu) is 10% or less. If it was regularly 80-90% effective as most other vaccines are, my opinion would be different. And no, I won't mask. And for those who will say too small a sample - I am in 14 - 20 nursing homes weekly. That's a lot of residents.
7SGBRN, I totally agree. I would be MUCH more agreeable to wearing a mask if all visitors either had to have the vaccine or mask. And all MDs have to have the vaccine or wear a mask too! (Let's see if THAT flies!)
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