The American Nurses Association (ANA) has published an update to its Brain Protection Guide, urging all nurses to wear face masks when in contact with their patients.
It also advises against taking long-term aspirin or ibuprofen.
The guideline also advises all nurses and other healthcare professionals to have their blood pressure checked at least once a week.
“We believe that it is important to be alert to potential risks associated with a stroke,” said ANA President and CEO Dr Lisa Whelan.
“Our current guidelines have not always been followed and may have contributed to the rapid spread of this condition in the last year.”
While the update recommends that nurses use a mask if they have a stroke, it also warns that “it is important for all of us to be aware of the potential risks of this stroke”.
“The current guidelines are not good enough and we need to make changes that are consistent with current research,” Dr Whelans said.
“While we recognise that there are risks to the patient and healthcare provider, we believe that the current guidelines can be better than nothing at all.”
The update was published in the March issue of the American College of Cardiology’s Journal of the Royal College of Physicians.
Dr Whelanyan said that there were many reasons for nurses to not wear face mask, including the risks of infection, the fact that they wear masks can make the condition more visible, and that some of the masks were made in other countries.
“Some people have been using masks for decades, and some of those masks are made in China,” she said.
“If you have an infection or have a problem that could be transmitted to others, there is a good chance that your face mask could not be as effective as it could be.”
Nurse-in-training to help with nursing homes’ safetyMs Whelaens said that nursing homes are increasingly using nurses as their first line of defence, but that this approach is not always necessary.
“It is the first line,” she explained.
“The nurse is in the first position.
They are first responders.
The patient may have other medical issues and we are there to provide some assistance and help.”
Dr Wherallaans said that while there is no shortage of nurses, there are also a lot of problems nurses face.
“They are often understaffed, they have not had their training,” she added.
“Nurses often face a lot more challenges than most people in other occupations and there is often a lack of communication with the nursing staff.”
What is important is that nurses are trained, not only in how to deal with stroke, but in how they can also protect the patient from potential dangers.
“Nurses can also have a lot to contribute to the safety of their patients, she said, adding that nursing home staff can also play a role in the safety.”
For instance, if a nurse has a stroke and they are not able to go to the hospital or to get medical attention they are very, very likely to leave a patient in a situation that they can’t control,” she continued.”
In the case of stroke patients who have to go home, there’s a risk of the person not being able to leave and dying.
“Dr Gilder said that many nurses who have had stroke in the past had not been able to speak about their experiences.”
A lot of nurses have had the opportunity to share what they have been through with a loved one or family member and the fact is that there is not a lot that can be done to help them if they don’t feel comfortable,” she noted.”
So, it is good to encourage them to talk to their family and friends, but it is very important that nurses know how to communicate safely and how to get support from their family.
“Dr O’Connell said that the ANA does not take any action against the nurses who fail to follow the guidelines, but did suggest that they work together to provide support.”
There is always a need for nurses and carers to have the support of their family, but the ANAA will work with the health care professionals to ensure that nurses and staff are given the support that they need and can continue to provide safe and effective care for their patients,” she concluded.