Finally in the news this week we take a look at the other end of the age spectrum with a look at atrial fibrillation patients and their management. A recent journal article published in the European Journal of Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology looks at how personalized management of an a-fib patient can improve outcomes.

Mortality Rates Decrease with Personal Managment

Doctor-Nurse-SmilingAccording to the Journal article, mortality rates have decreased for atrial fibrillation patients significantly in the last 10 to 15 years. Using a variety of therapies including personally managed oral anticoagulant medications, two thirds of potential strokes can be averted.

The article promotes a very personalized approach to care for these patients and I believe this points to the importance of a clinical nurse specialist being involved in the long term care of these patients with chronic cardiac problems. Other areas of care for patients with chronic illnesses have shown that nurses can be an integral part of their care planning and management. I think this may also be the case with patients with chronic cardiac problems as well.

Nurses Take More Time With Patients

Nurses historically spend more time with patients, talking with them and offering solutions to their own individual challenges managing of their disease. While this article does not talk specifically about nurses providing this personalized management, I believe that nurses are best suited to this type of long-term management of chronic illnesses and why shouldn’t that include chronic cardiac problems.

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Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – First Aid and Hygiene Education in Third World and Episode 264.


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