Accountability of Nursing Professionals
Grand Canyon University: NRS-430 V Professional Dynamics
January 21, 2011
Accountability and AHRQ
Professional accountability is the responsibility of every nurse. Accountability in healthcare is the moral, ethical and legal commitment. Nurses are accountable for providing the best possible care for their patient. In other words, the nurse is responsible for her actions and its outcomes. Agency for Health Care Research and Quality consist of evidence-based practice with scientific view, medical treatment findings, technology assessment, patient safety practice, current clinical practice guidelines and preventive services (AHRQ, main page).
Patient Safety Practice
Uses of appropriate prophylaxis to prevent venous thromboembolism in patients at risk have assisted patients from having serious complications. “Deep vein thrombosis is the formation of blood clot in one of the deep veins within the body such as leg or pelvis. When this clot travels through veins, it is called venous thromboembolism” (patienthealthinternatoinal, Para 2). Risk factors are many. Immobility, obesity, varicose veins, pregnancy, sepsis, age after forty years and anesthesia are few of them. “Most hospitalized patients have at least one risk factor of venous thromboembolism” (AHRQ, 2010). For example, pregnant women with the history of thromboembolism or thrombophilia may increase with the risk of embolism. Heparin prophylaxis is highly recommended by physicians. Surgical patients also have a greater risk of thromboembolism during the perioperative period because patient is less active. Early ambulation, usage of anti embolic stockings, sequential compression devices are nursing accountability to prevent embolism. Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of diseases and sepsis. All health care providers are accountable for doing that. By giving a movie ticket to the best hand-washing person every month...