Introduction to Health Care

ISBN-10: 1401891551

ISBN-13: 9781401891558

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

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Introduction to Health Care, Second Edition provides a comprehensive introduction for learners entering health care programs or for those that think they may be interested in pursuing a career in health care. Core competencies shared by all health care professions such as communication, infection control, and professionalism are provided to expose you to the reality of practice. This book emphasizes developing critical thinking skills through a five-step problem solving model that teaches you to assess a situation, consider alternatives, choose an appropriate alternative, evaluate the results, and revise as needed. This resource will demonstrate how to think like a health care professional and is a terrific first step towards a rewarding career.
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Book details

List price: $167.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Delmar Cengage Learning
Publication date: 7/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 9.50" wide x 11.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.728
Language: English

Dakota Mitchell, RN, MSN, MBA has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing, MSN, from the University of California, San Francisco and a Master in Business Administration Degree, MBA, from the University of Santa Clara. The combination of the advanced nursing and business degrees provides a framework for understanding and functioning within the rapidly evolving world of health care today. Dakota has 30+ years of experience in health care, including education, management, and curriculum consultation. Besides many years in classroom and clinical teaching, she has developed and implemented unique and innovative health care programs at both the vocational and associate degree levels. Dakota has written and/or served as content expert on numerous health care instructional projects for Cengage Delmar Learning.

Preface
How to Use This Book
Acknowledgments
Health Care Today
Your Career in Health Care
Your Future in Health Care
Essential Qualities of Health Care Workers
Occupational Profiles
Therapeutic and Treatment Occupations
Diagnostic Occupations
Health Information Management Occupations
Environmental Occupations
Standards for Health Care Workers
Getting Off to a Good Start
Learning to Think Like a Health Care Worker
Using Questions in Thinking
Problem-Solving Process
Establishing Good Work Habits
Getting the Most from Your Studies
Learning for Mastery
Current Health Care Systems and Trends
The Health Care Industry Today
Technological Advancements
Specialization
Aging Population
Increasing Costs
Health Care Facilities and Services
Hospitals
Ambulatory Services
Long-Term Care Facilities
Home Health Care Providers
Hospice
Consolidation of Health Care Services
Government Health Services
State Health Departments
Local Health Departments
Trends in Health Care
Wellness
Complementary Therapies
Challenges in Health Care Today
Access to Health Care
Social Conditions
Maintaining the Quality of Care
Public Health Concerns
Personal Responsibility for Health
Implications for Health Care Workers
Ethical and Legal Responsibilities
The Purpose of Ethics
Ethics and Health Care
Professional Codes of Ethics
Personal Values
Ethics and the Law
Guiding Principles of Health Care Ethics
Preserve Life
Stem-Cell Research
Do Good
Respect Autonomy
Uphold Justice
Be Honest
Be Discreet
Keep Promises
Do No Harm
Good Samaritan Laws
Handling Ethical Dilemmas
Who Decides?
The Language of Health Care
Medical Terminology
Importance of Medical Terminology
The Building Blocks of Medical Language
Roots and Combining Forms
Suffixes
Prefixes
Deciphering Medical Terms
Spelling and Pronunciation
Medical Abbreviations and Symbols
Medical Dictionary
Mastering Medical Terminology
Medical Math
Importance of Math in Health Care
Math Anxiety
Basic Calculations
Whole Numbers
Decimals
Fractions
Percentages
Ratios
Converting Decimals, Fractions, Percentages, and Ratios
Rounding Numbers
Solving Problems with Proportions
Estimating
Military Time
Roman Numerals
Angles
Systems of Measurement
Household System
Metric System
Apothecary System
Converting Systems of Measurement
Temperature Conversion
The Human Body
Organization of the Human Body
The Basis of Life
Cells
Tissues
Describing the Body
Body Planes
Directional Terms
The Body Cavities
Abdominal Descriptions
Structure and Function of the Human Body
The Importance of Anatomy and Physiology
Genetics
The Systems of the Body
Systems for Movement and Protection
Systems for Providing Energy and Removing Waste
Systems for Sensing, Coordinating, and Controlling
Systems for Producing New Life
Growth and Development
Knowing Your Patient
Life Stages
Prenatal
Infancy
Toddler
Preschooler
School-Age Child
Adolescence
Young Adulthood
Middle Adulthood
Later Adulthood
Care Considerations
Future Trends
Death and Dying
Personal and Workplace Safety
Body Mechanics
The Importance of Prevention
General Guidelines
Back Belts
Computers and Ergonomics
Use of a Mouse as Pointing Device
Visual Problems
Infection Control
Importance of Infection Control in Health Care
Microbiology
Types of Microbes
Chain of Infection
Scope of the Problem
Regulatory Agencies
Prevention through Asepsis
Breaking the Chain of Infection
Standard Precautions
Personal Protective Equipment
Transmission Precautions
Neutropenic Precautions
Antiseptics, Disinfectants, and Sterilization
Surgical Asepsis
The Risks
Hepatitis B
Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Tuberculosis
Other Infectious Organisms
Drug-Resistant Organisms
Reporting Accidental Exposure
Environmental Safety
Importance of Environmental Safety in Health Care
General Safety Guidelines
Moving Safely
Dressing for Safety
Working Safely with Patients
Protecting Yourself and Others
Reporting for Safety
Workplace Violence
Fire and Electrical Hazards
Chemical Hazards
Radiation Hazards
Infectious Waste
Oxygen Precautions
Emergency Disaster Plan
Bioterrorism
Triage
Behaviors for Success
Lifestyle Management
Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle
Habits and Health
Components of Healthy Living
Maintaining a Normal Weight
Sufficient Exercise
Adequate Sleep
Preventive Measures
Stress in Modern Life
External and Internal Stressors
Dealing with Stress
Minimizing Health Risks
Smoking
Substance Abuse
Occupational Hazards
Safe Sex
Burnout
Helping Patients Develop Healthy Lifestyles
Professionalism
The Meaning of Professionalism
Professional Attitude
Professional Behaviors
Professional Health Care Skills
Professional Appearance
Professional Distance
Professional Handling of Difficult Situations
Professional Acceptance of Criticism
Professional Organizations
Professional Leadership
Lifelong Learning
Importance of Lifelong Learning
Keeping Up with Changes in Health Care
Continuing Education Units
Ways to Earn CEUs
Self-Directed Learning
Communication in the Health Care Setting
The Patient as an Individual
Patients as Individuals
Philosophy of Individual Worth
Dealing with Prejudice
The Meaning of Culture
Individuals and Culture
Dominant Culture
Health Care Beliefs
Religious Beliefs and Health
Harmony and Health
Herbs and Plant Medicines
Determining Individual Needs
Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs
Patient Needs
Defense Mechanisms
Dealing with Loss
The Communication Process
Importance of Communication in Health Care
Communication and Patient Well-Being
The Communication Process
The Six Steps of the Communication Process
Patients with Special Needs
Patients Who Are Terminally Ill
Patients Who Are in Pain, Medicated, Confused, or Disoriented
Patients Who Have Hearing, Visual, or Speech Impairments
Patients Who Are Angry
Patients Who Do Not Speak English
Special Applications of Communication Skills
Telephone Communication
Patient Education
Group Presentations
Handling Gossip
Written Communication
Written Communication: A Vital Link in Health Care
The Components of Good Writing
Organizing Content
Business Letters
Using Form Letters
Writing Effective Letters
Business Letter Formats
Preparing Letters for Mailing
Memos
Meeting Agendas
Minutes of Meetings
Patient Education Materials
Confidentiality of Written Materials
Proofreading Written Work
Computers in Health Care
Computers in Health Care
Information Management
Creation of Documents
Spreadsheets
Integration of Operations
Diagnostics
Treatment
Patient Monitoring
Research
Education
Communication
Computer Basics
Computer Hardware
Storage of Information
Computer Software
Using Computers Effectively
Computer Security
Maintaining the Human Touch
Learning More about Computers
Documentation and Medical Records
Medical Documentation
Purposes of Medical Documentation
Characteristics of Good Medical Documentation
Making Corrections on Medical Documentation
Contents of the Medical Record
Progress Notes
Health Care Skills
Physical Assessment
General Assessment
Noting Variances from Normal
General Survey
Psychosocial Assessment
Physical Assessment
Pain Assessment
ADL Assessment
Vital Signs
Temperature
Pulse
Respirations
Blood Pressure
Height and Weight
Emergency Procedures
Emergency Situations
When an Emergency Occurs
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
First Aid Procedures
Allergic Reactions
Bleeding and Wounds
Bone, Joint, and Muscle Injuries
Injuries to Facial Structures
Burns
Drug Abuse
Poisoning
Temperature-Related Illness
Other Conditions
Bandaging
Business of Caring
Controlling Health Care Costs
Paying for Health Care
Managed Care
Government Programs
Controlling Organizational Costs
Health Care Workers' Impact on Costs
Personal Efficiency
Acting with Thought
Performance Improvement and Customer Service
Quality of Care
Quality Improvement
Customer Service
Customer Satisfaction
Internal Customers
Securing and Maintaining Employment
Job Leads and the Resume
Overview of the Job Search
What Do You Have to Offer?
What Are Your Expectations?
Organizing Your Time
Organizing Your Space
Projecting a Professional Image
Finding Job Leads
Career Service Center
Networking
Clinical Experience
Job Fairs and Orientations
Help Wanted Ads
Cold Calls and Visits
Telephone Joblines
Internet
The Resume
Resume Contents
Formatting the Resume
Important Resume Guidelines
Recent Resume Trends
Cover Letters
Writing Good Cover Letters
Interview, Portfolio, and Application
The Job Interview
The Importance of Proper Preparation
Starting Off on the Right Foot
After the Interview
Additional Requirements
Accepting the Job
Declining the Job
Dealing with Rejection
Filling Out Applications
Successful Employment Strategies
Getting Off to a Good Start
Learning about the Job
Policies and Procedures
Probationary Period
Guidelines for Workplace Success
Act with Integrity
Demonstrate Loyalty
Observe the Chain of Command
Give a Full Day's Work
Become Part of the Team
Go Beyond the Minimum
Learn from Role Models and Mentors
Employment Laws
Grievances
Sexual Harassment
Tracking Your Progress
Moving On
If You Are Fired
Professional Development
Health Care Professional Organizations
Therapeutic and Treating Occupations
Dental Occupations
Emergency Medical Occupations
Medical Office Occupations
Mental Health Occupations
Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Pharmacy
Physical Therapy
Respiratory Therapy
Surgical
Vision Care
Diagnostic Occupations
Biometrics
Medical Laboratory
Radiology
Health Information Management Occupations
Environmental Occupations
Dietary Services
Biomedical Engineering
Useful Spanish Expressions for Health Care Workers
Glossary
References
Index
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