- June 8, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recognition and management of the deteriorating patient is complex and multidimensional. Patient acuity will continue to increase in hospital wards as the inpatient population becomes older and sicker with more complex care needs. Nurses and aides can improve care by recognizing and responding to patient’s deterioration, reduce adverse events and promote patient safety. The protentional positive impact of their contributions in this regard cannot be understated. In this one hour webinar, participants will explore research and educational developments that will help providers ensure that system modifications are in place to enhance the ability of home care aides to recognize and respond to patient deterioration.Description: You are in the first line of patient defense! You are the boots on the ground as far as helping to identify that something is “wrong” with your patient. You are the Eagle Eye Aide! Join this teleconference to learn how to recognize the subtle and not so subtle changes in your patient that are the first clues that something is amiss patient-wise and what then to report to your supervisor!
Presenter: Sherry Thomas, BSN, MPH has worked in home care for 33 years – as a visiting nurse, supervisor, manager and Director. She was instrumental in starting both a large in-home aide waiver program in NC and a large, hospital based home health agency. Over the years, she has taught numerous education classes for home care staff. She is currently the Senior Executive Vice President for the Association for Home & Hospice Care of NC where she advises agencies in NC and SC on policies and regulations and oversees provider education. Sherry was a Johnston Nursing Scholar at the University of NC at Chapel Hill, was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing, and has received several industry awards over the years. Most importantly, she loves home care patients and the staff who care for them!