A Short Note On Congestive Heart Failure ( Chf ) Essay
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a slow, progressive disease where the heart weakens and eventually fails to pump blood adequately. Conditions that lead to CHF are previous heart attacks, poorly controlled hypertension, and/or diabetes to name a few. The quality of life and life expectancy for these patients is poor. The life expectancy five years after diagnosis is approximately 50% (Mello & Ashcraft, 2014).
1. Is this a nursing clinical problem? Yes
CHF is a nursing clinical problem. This population has frequent exacerbations and readmissions costing hospitals and patients millions per year. The costs to the patient are excessive financially, mentally and emotionally. The nurse is instrumental in helping the patient maintain their quality of life. Before discharge, the nurse will review the diet, medicine and general post-hospital care with the patient and their support systems. After discharge, nurses are the key care providers that assess, evaluate and educate the patient and their loved ones in their homes. They relay their findings to the physician and await orders on how best to proceed to maintain the patient at home (DeFelice et al., 2010).
2. Why did you select this topic?
I chose this topic for a number of reasons. First, having worked in the acute care setting, I have seen the debilitation this disease causes. Second, I have witnessed the readmissions and costs that go into caring for patients with this disease. Third, I have…