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Patient Education Plan For Larry Garcia

1563 words - 7 pages

Patient Education Plan for Larry Garcia
Timber L. Keys
January 14, 2013
Amy Prichard

Patient Education Plan for Larry Garcia
An important component of a nurse’s daily responsibilities is to provide the patient with the knowledge base he or she will need to improve their quality of life after the illness. Patient education is a central part of the practice of all health professionals. Patient education services are delivered during direct care given by health care practitioners and are also available in separate programs (Redman, 2007). This patient education plan will identify and determine how to fulfill the gaps in education regarding Larry Garcia’s newly diagnosis of ...view middle of the document...

All childhood immunization were received, last tetanus booster was received 12 years ago. Mr. Garcia’s last eye examination was 8 years ago; he has never had a colonoscopy or any other surgical procedures. He does not smoke but admits to drinking alcohol socially.
Socially, Mr. Garcia and his family attend Catholic services occasionally. He enjoys fishing; has a newly purchased boat that has been used twice in the past 2 years. Mr. Garcia has completed 2 years of college, earning an Associate’s degree in Business but he would like to complete his Bachelor’s degree but has not due to family responsibilities. Mr. Garcia states he learns best by reading the material; he does not absorb verbal information easily.
Introduction to the Disease Process
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, affects hundreds of millions of persons worldwide. If left untreated, high blood pressure can cause severe damage to other body’s organs such as the heart, brain, liver and kidneys. Having high blood pressure may not cause symptoms until the organs have already been damaged. For this reason, hypertension is often called “the Silent Killer” (Torpy, 2010). “Blood pressure” is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood. If the pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage the body in many ways (High Blood Pressure, 2011). High blood pressure is a widely misunderstood medical condition. Some people think that those with hypertension are tense, nervous hyperactive, but high blood pressure has nothing to do the personality traits. The truth is, you can be very relaxed and still have symptoms of high blood pressure (“What is High Blood Pressure”, 2012).
Effect on Quality of Life
If people continue to suffer from the effects of high blood pressure, the quality of his or her life can greatly be affected. In the case of Mr. Garcia, according the patient profile, his father suffers from congestive heart failure (CHF). CHF and high blood pressure are two conditions related to cardiovascular disease. Mr. Garcia has assumed certain responsibilities related to the care of his parents. Making the connection between cardiovascular disease, CHF and high blood pressure could improve the effectiveness of the education provided to Mr. Garcia. “Each individual’s unique circumstances and experiences shape quality of life, and this subjective component is an important defining element in quality of life” (Larsen & Lubkin, 2009). For Mr. Garcia to make the connection of his responsibility to his parents and their medical conditions and declining quality of life is a key factor in his retaining educational knowledge gained and applied to his own management of this chronic disease.
Age and Developmental Issues
Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development explain eight different stages through which a human develops beginning in infancy and ending during adulthood. In each stage the...

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