Critique of Last Physical Assessment
Critique of Last Physical Assessment
Physical Environment of the Health Care Facility
The physical environment of the healthcare facility was favorable as there was silence and order in the admission of patients who were coming to access health care services. The patients’ needs were the center of focus with the healthcare practitioners with a very welcoming attitude and in need of helping the patients (Bickley, Szilagyi, ; Bates, 2013). The physical environment was well tented providing a serene environment for patients to connect with nature as they wait for their turn to meet the physicians (Bickley, Szilagyi, ; Bates, 2013).
There was also access to basic facilities, which included a place to relax and watch the television as well as access to the washrooms was easy and well placed. This environment is beneficial for promoting overall wellbeing of patients and other visitors who may include stakeholders in the heath care facility. This environment is also suitable in addressing patient’s perceptions regarding healthcare facilities and encouraging patients to have confidence in the healthcare facility (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Bates, 2013).
Staff Provider and Comfort Level
Most staff members were welcoming and had a good attitude towards most of the patients as they usually asked me if I had been attended to at the waiting bay. The healthcare provider who attended to my needs was also welcoming and very social as he sometimes cracked jokes, which increased my trust level with him (Jarvis, 2016). Even though the nurse to patient ratio was not sufficient, the available nurses worked very hard as most of them were very busy attending to other patients. The staff members were also helpful when requested to perform different tasks. Different nurses came to help a man who had collapsed at the waiting bay and took him to the emergency department, which was a good gesture (Jarvis, 2016).
During the medical interview, the healthcare practitioner was concerned about my serious symptoms and even gave me some medications to ease the headache. The staff provider also engaged me very politely giving me time to think and process the difficult questions and helping me in understanding the difficult questions (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Bates, 2013). This increased my trust levels with the healthcare provider and was comfortable in answering any personal questions that I was asked (Jarvis, 2016). The staff provider conducted the medical interview to the end having have acquired my complete health history.
All my questions regarding my health were answered and more information provided regarding the risk of developing hypertension and diabetes (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Bates, 2013). The healthcare provider conducted a complete physical assessment, which involved general examination of the body in a patient gown. The assessment included listening to my heartbeat, physically assessing my skin, my head, throat, lungs which the provider listened on my chest without clothing, and my heart rate among other body functions to determine if they were functioning normally (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Bates, 2013).
Assessment Regarding Health Promotion, Health Prevention, Accuracy, and Completeness of the Visit
The healthcare provider discussed on strategies that could be incorporated into my daily activities to help me in health promotion, which included exercises, and lifestyle changes, which include having a proper diet (Jarvis, 2016). These strategies are meant to improve the quality of life and promote psychological wellbeing and prevent any other health issue that is prone to arise (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Bates, 2013). The healthcare provider also discussed risk factors that could lead to health issues and strategies on how to overcome the risks. Some of these factors include pollution, poor diet, family history that included a history of hypertension and diabetes, and the importance of regular medical checkups (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Bates, 2013).
An analysis of unhealthy lifestyles to avoid was also conducted which included tobacco and alcohol use which has negative consequences on the health of individuals. All these information was aimed at improving my health being and improve the quality of life (Jarvis, 2016). The visit had a positive impact in my health status and was satisfied by the services that I received in the healthcare facility.
Closure of the Encounter
Although I was at a risk of developing hypertension and diabetes, the healthcare provider determined strategies that would help in preventing the development of the medical conditions and improve the quality life (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Bates, 2013). Further tests revealed a pre-hypertension stage and my blood pressure was above the normal rate of 120/80 mm Hg. I was provided with medications, which have been successful in addressing the constant headaches, and the blurry vision, which is now better, and I am looking forward for the next review to determine the results of the treatment process.
Strategies to help me in the treatment process included a reduction of salt intake and regular blood pressure checkups to determine the positive effects of the change of lifestyle and take any measures in case there were negative results (Jarvis, 2016). Side effects of the medications include drowsiness and nausea, which will pass after a few days. The plan of care included personal administration of the medications issued and was educated on how to monitor my blood pressure. The healthcare provider also gave me his contacts in case of an emergency or other related medical conditions (Bickley, Szilagyi, & Bates, 2013).
Bickley, L. S., Szilagyi, P. G., & Bates, B. (2013). Bates’ guide to physical examination and history-taking. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams ; Wilkins.
Jarvis, C. (2016). Physical examination and health assessment. St. Louis, Missouri Elsevier.