Orthopedic Inservice - I NEED HELP DESPERATELY
- 0Dec 21, '06 by military girlHello to all,
I am a med/surg nurse that has been tasked to present an inservice on the management of ortho patients. I don't really have a clue as to what to present. If you were giving an inservice to nurses, what possible topics would you include?
Thanks, I look forward to your responses.
- 0Dec 21, '06 by Beary-niceI am not sure what to say as you could go multiple ways with this one:
Complications for ortho pts like DVT, fat emboli, pneumonia, prolonged bedrest complications???
Different treatments that are used...heat/cold therapy, braces etc???
I am not sure what you are looking for.
- 0Dec 21, '06 by P_RN Senior ModeratorHow long is this class to be?
I'd do a short form listing the bones etc. Make a handout.
Then I'd head for complications:
from compartment syndrome
from fracture complications of casts and traction
I'd go for a list of ortho "specific meds" like warfarin, epidurals, lovenox, etc.
What you would test for (PT/INR, H&H, BMP etc)
and what you would expect if the levels were abnormal.
If you have time go over the current treatment for fractures (and believe it or not it's not "all that traction" much anymore.
Include external fixators and pin care pros and cons.
Go to the Orthopaedic Nurses Association website and browse. home