Older Adults Patient Education Issues Essay and Interview

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Older Adults Patient Education Issues Essay and Interview
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There are many issues that arise when teaching older patients. These barriers include; chronic illness, sensory changes, cognitive changes, medications and third party teaching. A patients life experiences can also affect patient education. It is up to the clinician to make adjustments to best suit each individuals needs and provide the best outcome possible. I conducted an interview with Mr. Bonds, a 79-year-old war veteran, and his daughter. Mr. Bonds was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer 2 weeks prior and was at the hospital to have a Super Dimension bronchoscopy for fiducial marker placement.

After starting the bronchoscopy, the physician discovered Mr. Bond’s tumor had progressed and was constricting the left lower lobe. We ended up having to use argon, cut back the tumor and place an endobronchial stent in the airway to keep it open. The fiducial markers were unable to be placed at that time. Mr. Bonds’ simple outpatient procedure became an ICU admission with ventilator support. The following statement became very true in this situation. The patient’s initial condition may lead to a cascading effect of a secondary complication or problem, which then contributes to yet a third problem (Falvo, 2011, p.307). The physician had to readdress his teaching to the daughter and explain the severity of Mr. Bonds’ illness. Mr. Bonds’ fiducial markers were placed two days later, he was then extubated and started radiation therapy.

We have many health care professionals involved in the care of our lung cancer patients. Not only is a Pulmonologist and Radiation Oncologist involved, but a cancer liaison, respiratory therapist and number of nurses. It is important for all of us to work together and provide consistent teaching to our patients. When asked if Mr. Bonds received instructions prior to…...

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