Describe the infection control precautions for COVID-19 that are necessary in a residential aged care facility
The aim of this assignment is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate a beginning understanding of professional client-centred nursing care, integrating scientific knowledge, infection control practices, interdisciplinary care, and patient safety, including cultural safety. This will address learning outcomes 1, 2 & 3.
For this task you are required to write a structured essay, in response to the following case study:
Mrs Adara Abdullah is an 88-year-old resident of Sunset Residential Aged Care Facility. She is a widow with two daughters, one who lives nearby and visits daily. Many of her relatives also visit regularly. Mrs Adara Abdullah follows the Islamic faith. She is overweight for her height, unsteady when mobilising and uses a walking frame. Over the last few days she has had worsening flu-like symptoms (sore throat, fever and aching joints) and now has a productive cough, lethargy and reduced appetite. She has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and has an associated chest infection In your structured essay you need to:
Criteria 1. Describe the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and explain the modes of spread and the specific risks it poses for the older person;
Criteria 2. Describe the infection control precautions for COVID-19 that are necessary in a residential aged care facility;
Criteria 3. Identify and provide a rationale for four nursing risk assessments (for example falls risk assessment) that would be required for Mrs Abdullah. One risk assessment must relate to cultural safety.
Criteria 4. Identify two (2) health team professionals (other than the nursing team) who may be involved in the care of this resident and provide a rationale for your choice;