The contents of the paper will cover the following aspects. First, I will introduce the issue of pressure ulcers and explain why it is essential to address the issue. Next, the main objective of the proposed program will be mentioned. We will also discuss the questions and predictions concerning the program, the change theories and leadership strategies that would be implemented, and the required organizational resources. In the end, I would like to share with you a summary of the interview that has helped me to identify the issue. After all, the conclusion and references will be conducted.
Introducing the issue
The prevalence of pressure ulcers and the multiple challenges experienced by medical practitioners is a severe issue in healthcare. Today I want to present a proposal for the program that aims to solve the issue concerning the prevalence of pressure ulcers. I am going to introduce you to a program for pressure sore therapy, which proposes an interdisciplinary collaboration between all relevant stakeholders to facilitate treatment and complete recovery of pressure sore patients. The presentation will cover the leadership and change theories that will guide medical practitioners in following this proposal and ensuring that the prevalence of pressure sores is significantly reduced among the population.
Introducing the issue: Prevalence of pressure ulcers
Because the body or a limb’s weight exerts prolonged pressure on the body part, the pressure or a shearing force causes pressure ulcers (Anthony, 2019). It is especially common among patients with poor nutrition. Pressure ulcers also often occur in older people or people with disabilities, and people that use wheelchairs. There is an assumption that pressure ulcers can be avoided and that the main reason for occurring of pressure ulcers is poor nursing care.
The primary objective of the program is to develop a multi-dimensional plan for testing, treatment, and support for sore ulcers patients at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center.
Why is it important to implement the program? The answer is that in case of the successful implementation of the program, this plan will aid in the diagnosis, advanced treatment options and ensure patients receive full support in the community. This objective is aligned with the application of change theories and leadership attributes to interdisciplinary collaboration that will be mentioned in the following slides.
Questions and predictions
Now I would like to answer the questions that might arise and are highly important to mention.
The first question is ‘How can early detection aid in pressure ulcers treatment? Extrinsic factors and their impact on patients’ movement are some of the most important approaches to aid in early diagnosis. Advanced imaging will also aid in the estimate of soft tissues, allowing medical professionals to spot early symptoms. The adoption of 3D elastography will lower the prevalence and severity of pressure ulcers by 50%.
How can medical practitioners support patients’ recovery and well-being after treatment? One of the most important variables in the development of pressure sores is proper diet and drink intake. Medical professionals will work with nutritionists and social workers to help patients get easy access to the dietary supplements they need to recover.
Is an interdisciplinary collaboration possible in such a case? The answer is yes; nurses at the hospital can collaborate to share information about the diagnostic and treatment phases. Follow-up programs that bring together all stakeholders, including social workers, will provide after-treatment assistance. As a result, all disciplines will collaborate to lower the overall number of cases of pressure sores.
Change theories and leadership strategies
The three-phase change theory of Kurt Lewin can be applied to the construction of a successful pressure ulcer treatment and support system. According to this view, medical professionals must first recognize the need for a change in how they treat pressure sores (Hussain et al., 2018).
The next step is to develop and implement a better diagnosis and treatment plan, and finally, to make it the hospital’s standard practice. Leaders at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center will use a laissez-faire leadership style to implement this idea, putting their trust and confidence in their colleagues (Breevaart & Zacher, 2019).
Novant Health Matthews Medical Center nurses will involve senior medical officers in patients requiring specialist treatment in this manner. At the same time, leaders will collaborate with nutritionists, nurses, and social workers to monitor patients and provide the necessary support.
Team Collaboration Strategy
- Primary care nurses will oversee wound care and treatment plans and educate patients on managing wounds.
- A social worker will collaborate with the nurses to help families access nutritional supplements and facilitate personal skincare.
- A physical therapist will help patients with mobility issues.
- A vascular surgeon will conduct surgeries when needed.
This approach is based on a team and external collaboration plan that includes collaborating with specialists from other hospitals as well as working with all medical practitioners within the medical facility. This method allows team members to share knowledge and obtain fresh views as a result of outside engagement.
Required organizational resources
This plan calls for the hiring of three primary care nurses to supplement the hospital’s existing workforce. The expense of recruiting each nurse will be around $10,000, for a total of $30,000. In addition, Novant Health Matthews Medical Center will need to spend an average of $150,000 on a 3D imaging scanner. The primary care nurses will require access to the imaging department’s patient medical files. This idea will cost around $200,000 in total, including the time of the social workers.
I interviewed a registered nurse with ten years of experience in the Novant Health Matthews Medical Center Emergency Room.
Decubitus, sometimes known as pressure ulcers, was raised as a patient medical safety problem throughout the conversation. At Novant Health, a multidisciplinary approach to risk assessment, management, and treatment of pressure ulcers in inpatients is critical. Pressure ulcers are quite common in medical, ICU, orthopedic, and surgical departments. To design suitable pressure sore therapy, nursing experts, physiotherapists, doctors, dietitians, laboratory technicians, and support workers should collaborate.
Interdisciplinary collaborations can share and evaluate information in the hopes of improving therapeutic outcomes. As members of an interdisciplinary team, all healthcare practitioners must contribute to the development and achievement of common goals. The most realistic collaboration option in this situation would be networking and alliance creation. Other divisions’ care providers will establish coalitions to urge others to use the new way. Unions are beneficial because they enable care teams to concentrate their efforts and resources on a single issue that necessitates collaboration.
By implementing the above-mentioned approach, the proposed program outcomes will contribute to the reduction of the prevalence of pressure ulcers and solve relevant healthcare problems.
Anthony, D., Alosoumi, D., & Safari, R. (2019). Prevalence of pressure ulcers in long-term care: a global review. Journal of Wound Care, 28(11), 702–709.
Breevaart, K., & Zacher, H. (2019). Main and interactive effects of weekly transformational and laissez‐faire leadership on followers’ trust in the leader and leader effectiveness. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 92(2), 384-409.
Hussain, S. T., Lei, S., Akram, T., Haider, M. J., Hussain, S. H., & Ali, M. (2018). Kurt Lewin’s change model: A critical review of the role of leadership and employee involvement in organizational change. Journal of Innovation & Knowledge, 3(3), 123–127.