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1 Comprehensive Assessment The Keys to Unlocking the Mystery of Assessment

2 Objectives: Share practices with staff from other facilities Understand what data collection is and what role it has in completing comprehensive assessments Complete a comprehensive assessment

3 The discussions today are not about how to complete an MDS. The discussions will not be all inclusive, nor is everything absolutely required. The discussions will be about the process for completing a comprehensive assessment. The discussions will be interactive, we will all have an opportunity to learn from each other.

4 Due to the confidential nature of my position, I am not allowed to know what I am doing.

5 Nursing Process Based on nursing theory developed by Jean Orlando in the 1950s Nursing care directed at improving outcomes for the resident, not nursing goals Essential part of the care planning process

6 It takes time to understand the process and many fight it every step of the way, until one day a light bulb goes on.

7 The process provides a framework for planning and implementing resident care and helps to solve problems. The interdisciplinary team has primary responsibility, but all personnel take part in the process such as in data collection or implementation.

8 The Nursing Process in 5 Steps Assessment Diagnosis Planning Implementation Evaluation

9 Diagnosis: A complex problem requiring a series of intellectual steps to analyze the data collected. Planning: Involves setting priorities, establishing goals or objectives, establishing outcome criteria, writing a plan of action and developing a resident care plan.

10 Implementation: Setting the plan in motion and delegating responsibility for each step. Communication is essential to the process. The health care team are responsible to report back all significant findings or changes.

11 Evaluation: The process is an ongoing event. Involves not only analyzing the success of the goals and interventions, but examining the need for adjustments as well. Evaluation leads back to assessment and the whole process begins again.

12 Assessment Assessments of nursing home residents should be accurate, comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and individualized. How are assessments done in your facility? Is there a system to collect data accurately and efficiently? Do staff understand the importance of the information requested?

13 What is an assessment? An assessment is not filling in a checklist or assessment tool.

14 Assessments need to be routinely done – the schedule often driven by resident need. Not all needs and assessments will be addressed by the RAI process.

15 Data Collection Objective Data: Detected by the observer and can be measured by accepted standards Subjective Data: Can only be described by the resident/family Data can be variable or constant Interview formally and informally with specific questions

16 Once the data is collected, the members of the interdisciplinary team take the data and analyze it in order to complete the comprehensive assessment.

17 Critical thinking is the active, organized cognitive process of analyzing the data collected. The interdisciplinary team draws on knowledge of standards of care, aging process, disease process, physical sciences, psychosocial knowledge, experience, and other areas to analyze the information collected.

18 Assessments can be: initial assessments, focused assessments, and/or time lapsed assessments The KEY to the assessment process is asking the question why – when you have the answer to why – your assessment may be complete and interventions may be developed


20 Assessment Types The following assessments are required by the RAI process or based on resident need, review RAP tips The list is NOT all inclusive The assessment types completed with the ID Team will be driven by resident need

21 The summary of information identified with the assessment types are suggestions (triggers) for consideration when completing the assessment – if the suggestion is not an issue, dont include it in the assessment The triggers are not required in the assessment unless the IDT determines it pertinent to the residents assessment

22 Delirium Assessment Six Areas Usually the Underlying Cause of Delirium: Medications Infectious Process Psychosocial Environment Diagnoses/Conditions Elimination Problems Sensory Losses

23 Medications Review all medications, number of meds – including PRNs Age 85 or older Drug levels beyond or at the high end of therapeutic

24 New medications – correspond with onset? OTC drugs with anticholinergic side effects Medications with contraindications for the elderly Keep abreast of medication updates

25 Infectious Process Elevation of baseline temperature History of lower respiratory infection or urinary tract infection History of chronic infection

26 Psychosocial Environmental Issues Recent relocation or change in personal space Recent loss of family/friend/room mate Isolation Restraints Increase in sensory stimulation

27 Diagnoses and Conditions Diabetes – hypo/hyperglycemia Hypo/Hyperthyroidism Hypoxia-COPD, URI ASHD Cancer Head Trauma - falls Dehydration, Fever Surgical Complications Cardiac Dysrhythmias, CHF

28 Elimination Problems Urinary Problems: History of incontinence, retention, catheter Signs/symptoms of dehydration, tenting, elevated BUN Decreased urinary output Taking anticholinergic medications Abdominal distention

29 Gastrointestinal Problems: Decreased number of BMs or constipation Decreased fluid and/or food intake Abdominal distention

30 Sensory Losses Hearing - hearing aid not functioning Vision - glasses lost, misplaced Recent sleep disturbances Environmental changes such as a new room

31 Consider pain and pain management as a potential contributing factor to delirium – re evaluate pain status New onset or poorly managed chronic pain

32 Cognitive Assessment Complete a screening test for cognitive deficits – several available Assess for memory loss vs. slow retrieval of info Rule out delirium

33 Screen for depression – may be part of the dementia or mimic dementia Screen for systemic illness – may cause or worsen dementia Medications – review, any changes History from resident/family/significant other Determine forgetfulness vs. cognitive impairment

34 Quick Tool DEMENTIA D – dehydration, depression E – endocrine, environmental changes, electrolyte abnormalities M – medications, metabolic diseases E – eye/ear disease

35 N – nutritional deficiencies T – tumor, trauma I – infections, impaction, ischemia, insomnia A – anemia, anorexia, alcoholism, anesthetics

36 Memory test – MMSE most common, many available Competency – ability to make decisions regarding self; if unable, are there legal instruments in place to legally give decision making authority to another, if not, does a process need to be initiated – what decisions is the resident capable of still making

37 Vision Assessment Ocular and medical history Medications History/surgeries Degree of visual acuity/loss

38 One/both eyes affected Is further loss expected Most recent eye exam/current Rx Signs of infection, trauma Appropriate use of visual appliances Environmental modifications – more light, less light, large numbers, bright colors

39 Any recent, acute changes Complaints about vision, pain Observe resident – compensating for vision, field cuts

40 Communication Assessment Assessment may include: Understanding Speaking Reading and writing Appropriate use of language

41 Review medical history, medications Does the resident have any problems with communication – hearing, vision, aphasia Any communication devices – history, are/were they effective, concerns Any limitations in ability to communicate – dyslexia, dementia

42 Consults – ST, OT, audiologist, etc – any already done, any referrals needed Consider cultural, spiritual issues affecting language ability Work with family, significant other on communication techniques

43 ADL/Rehab Potential Assessment Review medical social history, meds Observe the resident for a period of time, with adequate time – can the resident complete the task independently, with set up, stand by, partial or total assist

44 Review consults – PT, OT – consider referral Does the residents ability vary over the course of the day – any recent change in ability Is the resident able to complete tasks if broken into shorter tasks, with step by step instructions Does the resident need a device to complete the task – consider all devices, which would be appropriate for use – why, why not

45 How does culture, mood, behavior effect the residents ability to complete ADLs Consider mobility limitations – neurological, musculoskeletal Can any factors affecting ADLs/mobility be modified, improved – why, why not

46 Urinary Incontinence/Catheters Assessment

47 Prior history of urinary incontinence – onset, duration, characteristics, precipitants, associated symptoms, previous treatment/management Voiding patterns over several days – incontinent, voided on toilet, dry with routine toileting Medication review Patterns of fluid intake – amounts, times of day

48 Use of urinary tract stimulants or irritants Pelvic and rectal exam – prolapsed uterus or bladder, prostate enlargement, constipation or fecal impaction, use of cath, atrophic vaginitis, distended bladder, bladder spasms Identification and/or potential of developing complications – skin irritation, breakdown

49 Functional and cognitive capabilities – impaired cognitive function, dementia, impaired mobility, decreased manual dexterity, need for task segmentation, decreased upper/lower extremity muscle strength, decreased vision, pain with movement, behaviors effecting toileting Types of physical assistance necessary to access toilet and prompting needed to encourage urination

50 Diagnoses Tests or studies indicated to identify the type(s) of urinary incontinence – PVRs, UA/UC – or evaluations assessing the residents readiness for bladder rehab programs Environmental factors and assistive devices that may restrict or facilitate the use of the toilet

51 Assess Type of Incontinence Urge incontinence – urgency, frequency, nocturia Stress incontinence – loss of small amounts of urine with activity Mixed incontinence – combination urge and stress incontinence

52 Overflow incontinence – bladder is distended from urinary retention Functional incontinence – secondary to factors other than inherently abnormal urinary tract function Transient incontinence – temporary or occasional incontinence

53 Indwelling Catheter Clinical rationale for use of an indwelling catheter and ongoing need Determination of which factors can be modified or reversed Alternatives to extended use of an indwelling catheter

54 Assess the risks vs. benefits of an indwelling catheter Potential for removal of the catheter Consideration of complications resulting from the use of an indwelling catheter Develop plan for removal of the indwelling catheter based on assessment

55 Psychosocial Assessment Wide variety of assessments to consider – emotional, behavioral, spiritual, psychological, gerontological, financial – input into physical Significant input from resident, significant others Key role in length of stay and appropriate planning Key assessment in assisting to develop whole person planning

56 Social history Psychosocial well being Social interactions Spiritual/Legal/ Emotional Financial Discharge potential/ Placement

57 Social History Born and raised? Where did they live throughout their adult life? Siblings, parents – still alive, relationship Education, military Marriage, children, significant others – current involvement Work history Organizations member of, hobbies, religion Cultural/ethnic background/traditions Pets

58 Psychosocial Well-Being Personality – abuse history Speech/communication, hearing, vision – any impairments, any outside services needed General behavior/mood General cognition General interactions with others Related diagnoses, psych history

59 Social Interactions With family, spouse, significant other, friends Sexual Other residents Staff Others Recent losses/Significant losses – family, home, pets

60 Spiritual/Emotional/Legal Adjustment issues Spiritual/cultural beliefs related to medical care and receipt of treatment Abuse – financial, physical, emotional, sexual – consider restraining orders Advanced directives, living wills, health care proxy, POA, financial guardian, guardian of person or guardian of both Sale of large items – home, business

61 Financial Pay Source Business matters – does the resident complete their own business or does a family member, POA, trustee, guardian, etc. Will the resident need help related to insurance issues, qualifying and applying for medical assistance, etc.

62 Placement/Discharge Adjustment/length of stay Pets – who is caring for the pets Services needed after discharge if short term Coordination with family, significant others – any training/education needed prior to discharge

63 Mood Assessment Evaluated by observation of the resident and verbal content Most common, although under treated, mood disorder is depression

64 Mood can affect cognitive function Depression can create a pseudodementia Anxiety often related to depression, phobias, obsessions Delusions common in 40% of residents with dementia Many tools available to assist with assessing mood disorders What signs/symptoms is resident displaying

65 Review diagnoses, medications Utilize tools, as appropriate History of abuse, alcohol or drug use, mood disorder

66 Is this a short term issue/adjustment reaction Is there a pattern, is it cyclical Has the resident received mental health services in the past, would a referral be appropriate Does mood respond to treatment – meds, psychosocial therapy

67 Behavior Assessment Define the behavior and the scope Determine if there is a pattern to the behavior What, if anything, does the resident behavior respond to Rule out delirium

68 Listen carefully to what the resident is saying during the behaviors Observe the resident for periods of time over the course of several days – what do they say, what do they do before, during, and after the behaviors – pay particular attention to the antecedents of the behavior Review the social history including the cultural background

69 Is the behavior truly a behavior or is it something that is outside the accepted societal norms Is the behavior creating a danger to the resident or someone else – immediacy of the issue, effectiveness of interventions, level of supervision required

70 Physiological Causes Diagnoses Medications Fatigue – how is the resident sleeping Physical discomfort - pain, constipation, gas

71 Infectious process Trauma to the head Physical assessment – vital signs, O2 sats, bowel and lung sounds, blood sugar, palpate for pain/distress

72 Environmental Causes Sudden movements Unfamiliar surroundings, people Difficulty adjusting to changes in lighting

73 Temperature – too hot, too cold Uncomfortable, ill-fitting clothing Disruption in routine Staffing issues

74 Sensory Causes Sensory overload – too much noise, clutter, activity Hearing – does the resident understand what you are saying Vision – can the resident see what youre doing, is the lighting adequate Sudden physical contact, startling noises

75 Other Causes Tasks not broken into manageable steps Activity not age appropriate Change in routine

76 Resident feelings – belittled, reprimanded, scolded Lack of control, feelings of loss Lack of validation Inability to communicate Depression

77 Activity Assessment Review medical history – any limitations to activity type/level Obtain history of activities – level of activity, preferences, dislikes, group vs. individual, outside groups

78 How much assistance does the resident need to attend and participate in activities – what needs to be done to improve independence How does the resident feel about leisure activities – good idea, waste of time Do the scheduled activities meet the residents needs or will something need to be added/changed

79 If the residents activity level has declined – why – illness, fatigue, mood, isolation, adjustment issues, disinterest in activities offered If behaviors/moods are identified, are there activities that could be provided to assist with improving them

80 Falls Assessment 10-20% of falls cause serious injuries Falls usually occur due to environmental or physical reasons For many, goal is to minimize, not eliminate falls

81 The Three Whys Why is the resident on the move?What are they trying to do? Why cant the resident stay upright? Why arent the existing interventions effective? Are they as effective as they can be?

82 Environmental Risks Poor Lighting Clutter Incorrect bed height Ill functioning safety devices Improperly maintained or fitted wheelchairs Wet floors Staffing issues

83 Physical Risks Weakness Gait disturbance Medications – especially psychoactive drugs, vascular medications Diagnoses

84 Poor foot care – ill fitting shoes Inappropriate use of walking aids Infectious process Sensory changes Decreased/change in range of motion

85 Nutritional Status Assessment Medical history – diagnoses, meds, pain Weight/Lab data Clinical findings Dietary history

86 Weight Data Height, weight – usual/norm, desirable Any recent weight changes – were changes planned Measurements – as appropriate – girth, LE, UE Lab data – review any pertinent labs – high/low, dietary needs

87 Clinical Findings Physical signs – hair, skin, eyes, mouth Daily routines – meal times, alcohol use, drug use, smoking history, exercise GI function – appetite, sense of taste, problems chewing/swallowing, sense of smell, digestive upset (nausea, vomiting, heartburn, distention, cramping) Bowel history

88 Dietary History Favorite foods – how often do you eat them Food dislikes How do you feel about food Food allergies Special diet – history, family history Typical food intake At home – who cooked, facilities available, shopping availability

89 Assess Data Gathered What are the residents nutrition/hydration needs Consider appropriate diet – altered diet, special diet, increased protein, increased fiber, supplements, etc.

90 Consider any additional monitoring, follow up needed Consider any meal time assistance needed Consider diet changes to increase independence – finger foods

91 Feeding Tube Assessment Why is the tube feeding necessary Were alternatives assessed prior to placement Is the resident NPO or is some oral intake allowed Is the tube intended to be long or short term

92 Review risks and benefits of placement Assess the efficacy of the tube feeding – calorie and hydration needs, type of formula Assess for complications – irritation at site, infection, diarrhea, aspiration, displacement, pain, distention, cardiac issues Assess for ongoing need

93 Dehydration/Fluid Maintenance Assessment Identifying the resident at risk for dehydration and minimizing the risk Identifying dehydration in a resident and assessing the cause

94 Risks for Dehydration Fluid loss and increased fluid need – diarrhea, fever Fluid restrictions related to diagnosis – renal failure, CHF Functional impairments – unable to obtain fluid on their own or ask for it Cognitive impairments – forget to drink or how to drink, behaviors Availability, consistency

95 Assess for Dehydration Diagnoses? Does the resident have a lack of sensation of thirst or inability to express feelings of thirst? Any changes in medications? Recent infection? Fever?

96 Intake and output – are they balanced? Current lab tests – hematocrit, serum osmolality, sodium, urine specific gravity, BUN Physical assessment – review for signs of dehydration Cognitive assessment – does the resident remember to drink or know how? Physical limitations – is the resident physically capable of obtaining their own fluid?

97 Symptoms of Dehydration Irritability and confusion Drowsiness Weakness Extreme Thirst Fever Dry skin and mucous membranes

98 Sunken eyeballs Poor skin turgor Decreased urine output Increased heart rate with decreased BP Lack of edema in someone with history of edema Constipation/impaction

99 Dental Care Assessment

100 Non-Oral Considerations Assess cognitive impairment Assess functional impairment Institutionalized residents at very high risk for oral disease Medications and radiation used Behaviors/attitudes/culture

101 Oral Related Factors Mouth related conditions, history of oral disease, periodontal disease Xerostomia (complaints of dry mouth) and/or SGH (salivary gland hypofunction – reduced saliva flow) Excessive salivation – review diagnoses, medications

102 Oral Assessment Tools available for screening – Brief Oral Health Status Examination (BOHSE) Natural teeth, dentures, partials, implants Observe oral cavity – condition of tissue, soft palate, hard palate, gums Natural teeth – broken, caries

103 Condition/fit of dentures, partial Saliva – over/under production Oral cleanliness – review dental habits Any complaints of pain, oral concerns

104 Pressure Ulcer Assessment

105 A resident at risk can develop a pressure ulcer in 2 to 6 hours Identify which risk factors can be removed or modified Should address the factors that have been identified as having an impact on the development, treatment and/or healing of pressure ulcers

106 Research has shown that a significant number of PUs develop within the first four weeks after admission to a LTC facility Many clinicians recommend using a standardized pressure ulcer risk assessment tool to assess pressure ulcer risk upon admission, weekly for the first four weeks after admission, then quarterly and as needed with change in cognition or functional ability

107 An overall risk score indicating the resident is not at high risk of developing pressure ulcers does not mean that existing risk factors or causes should be considered less important or addressed less vigorously

108 Risk Factors Pressure Points Under Nutrition and Hydration Deficits Moisture and its Impact on Skin

109 Risk Factors Impaired/decreased mobility and decreased functional ability Co-morbid conditions – end stage renal disease, thyroid disease, diabetes Drugs that may effect wound healing - steroids

110 Impaired diffuse or localized blood flow – generalized atherosclerosis, lower extremity arterial insufficiency Resident refusal of some aspects of care and treatment – what behaviors and how do they impact the development of PUs Cognitive impairment

111 Exposure of skin to urinary and fecal incontinence Under nutrition, malnutrition, hydration deficits A healed ulcer – history of a healed pressure ulcer and its stage

112 Pressure Points/Tissue Tolerance Include an evaluation of the skin integrity and tissue tolerance after pressure to that area has been reduced or redistributed

113 Pressure ulcers are usually located over a bony prominence but may develop at other sites where pressure has impaired the circulation to the tissue Regularly assess the skin of residents identified at risk for PUs

114 If the resident is dependent for positioning and spends time up in a chair and in bed, it may be appropriate to review the tissue tolerance both lying and sitting When reviewing tissue tolerance, identify if the resident was sitting or lying, any pressure reducing/relieving devices utilized, the amount of time sitting/lying before the tissue was observed

115 Under-Nutrition and Hydration Deficits Severity of nutritional compromise Severity of risk for dehydration Rate of weight loss or appetite decline Probable causes The residents prognosis and projected clinical course Residents wishes and goals

116 Moisture and Its Impact Differentiate between dermatitis and partial thickness skin loss (pressure ulcer) Does the resident have urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, sweating Is the resident impacted by moisture – if so, how does the moisture impact the resident

117 Psychotropic Assessment

118 What psychotropic(s) is the resident on Why is the resident on the medication(s) How does the medication maintain or improve the residents functional status When was the medication(s) started – at what dose(s)

119 What is the history of psychotropic use for the resident – medications, dosages, response to the med/dose Medical history including diagnoses, hospitalizations Based on the review of the medication(s)- What are the specific behaviors being targeted

120 Has the behavior(s) being targeted improved/declined – what is the frequency and severity – how are you monitoring/tracking What are the non-pharmaceutical interventions in place and what is the effectiveness Are there any side effects from the medication(s) Is a reduction appropriate/required – ensure minimal effective dose

121 Physical Restraint Assessment Why is the restraint being used What are the least restrictive options for restraint use When does the resident need to be restrained – when doesnt the resident need to be restrained

122 Unless an emergent situation is identified, complete a comprehensive assessment before applying the restraint What is the benefit of restraint use for the resident Compare the identified risks to the identified benefits Use the assessment process to avoid or minimize the use of restraints

123 If a diagnosis is driving the use of the restraint, individualize that diagnosis to the resident – what does it mean for that resident to have that diagnosis If a behavior is driving the use of the restraint, individualize that behavior to the resident – what does it mean for that resident to have that behavior

124 If a cognitive issue is driving the use of the restraint, individualize that issue to the resident – what does it mean for that resident to have that issue

125 Once the reason for the restraint has been determined, assess the least restrictive options available Determine what interventions, in conjunction with restraint use, could be utilized to minimize restraint use Determine any times the resident may be without restraint – meal times, activities, toileting – how much supervision is required when not restrained

126 Pain Assessment A comprehensive assessment is essential to adequate pain relief Pain is a subjective experience – its as real as the resident communicates it is Start the assessment process with the resident

127 Resident Interview Describe the pain – location, onset, intensity, pattern Quality – constant vs. intermittent, dull vs. sharp, burning vs. pressure Aggravating/relieving factors

128 Physiological Indicators Abnormal vital signs Change in level of consciousness Functional status Head to toe assessment – focus on musculoskeletal and neurological Observe the pain response in relation to activity

129 Behavioral Indicators Muscle tensing, rigid posturing Facial grimaces/wincing, furrowed brow, narrowed eyes, clenched teeth, tightened lips Pallor/flushing Agitation, restlessness Crying, moaning, grunts, gasps, sighs Resisting cares, combative

130 Other Factors to Consider History of pain experience and past management Sleep patterns – increased fatigue may decrease the ability to tolerate pain Environment – moist, cold, hot Religious beliefs Cultural beliefs, social issues/attitudes Interview staff – what is their knowledge of the residents pain

131 Reassessment of Pain Its essential to an effective pain management program to have systems ensuring ongoing assessments of pain management interventions With changes in interventions, ensure the assessment is completed for a period of time long enough to determine the effectiveness of the implemented intervention

132 Assessing Pain in Cognitively Impaired Residents Interview family/significant others Any functional changes in activity Complete a physical assessment and assess physiologic and behavioral indicators as well as other factors If pain is suspected, consider a time limited trial of an analgesic and closely monitor and continually reassess

133 Bowel Assessment Its important to assess bowel habits with a 3 to 5 day history of patterns – some resources recommend a longer period of time to establish a reliable pattern

134 Characteristics of the Bowel Incontinence Onset, duration, frequency Stool consistency and amount Timing – night, day or both, relationship to meals Associated symptoms – urgency, straining, blood in stools Normal bowel pattern History of laxative use – stimulants, bulk laxatives, suppositories

135 Relevant Past Medical History Past surgeries – anorectal, intestinal, laminectomy Past childbirth – number of children, traumatic deliveries History of pelvic radiation Gastrointestinal disorders – bowel infection, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohns disease Metabolic disorders History of constipation and/or fecal impaction

136 Medication Use Diuretics Antibiotics Antihistamines Antispasmodics Tricylic Antidepressants Narcotics

137 Level of Activity/Functional Status Able to toilet self Ambulatory/Non-ambulatory Bedfast Independent with transfers Assistance with transfers – mechanical or 1-2 person assist

138 Cognitive Status Memory loss – short or long term Resident can/can not identify the need to have a BM Resident is able/unable to ask for help to get to the bathroom Resident can recognize the toilet and know its use

139 Diet History Hydration status – ability to obtain fluid on their own Caffeine use Amount of bulk in diet Eating pattern – consistently eats 3 meals a day or only eats breakfast

140 Environmental Characteristics Accessible bathroom Bedside commode Restrictive clothing Availability of caregivers Adaptive devices to toilet

141 Physical Examination Abdominal examination – presence of masses, distention, bowel sounds Neurological examination – evidence of peripheral neuropathy

142 Rectal exam -Condition of perineum – excoriation -Anorectal conditions – fissures, hemorrhoids, transient, deformity -External anal sphincter tone -Fecal mass or impaction -Prostatic enlargement

143 Laboratory and Other Tests Stool cultures Abdominal x-ray Barium enema Ova and Parasite

144 Self Administration of Medication (SAM) Assessment Does the resident wish to SAM Review medical history including medications Any history of concerns related to administering own medications

145 Review Cognitive Ability Are there any cognitive deficits – would they affect the residents ability to SAM – how Is the resident able to verbalize the medication(s) they will SAM including what its for, how to administer, side effects Does the resident remember to store the medications securely after SAM

146 Review Physical Ability Is the resident able to obtain the medication – get to where it is stored, open the storage area, open the medication, administer the med What modifications could be made to enable resident to become physically capable of SAM

147 Can the resident administer some meds but not others Can the resident SAM with set up What monitoring should the resident receive for the SAM process

148 Safety Assessment Assess any threats to resident safety Does resident have any behaviors/habits that put them at risk of injury from themselves or others Assess the identified risk factors

149 Review Smoking Risk Is resident cognitively aware of safety needs when smoking Is resident physically capable of managing smoking materials Review resident smoking history and any previous safety concerns

150 Is the resident capable of extinguishing a lit cigarette/ash that has fallen on themselves/others Is the resident able to call for help if needed Past history of poor safety judgment If using O2, does resident understand oxygen use as it relates to smoking safety

151 Does resident understand smoking policy Does the resident need adaptive equipment to assist with smoking safety and/or independence

152 Review Elopement Risk Any history of elopement Psychosocial concerns – adjustment issues, recent loss If eloping – destination, purpose

153 Previous lifestyle, occupation Assess the type of wandering Tactile wandering – explore environment with hands

154 Environmentally cued wandering – appear calm and led by the environment, sees window – looks out, chair – sits, door – exits Reminiscent wandering – wandering stems from a delusion or fantasy from the past – going to the market, work – announce leaving Recreational wandering – wandering based on previous active lifestyle

155 If resident identified as an elopement risk, assess environmental risks Are all doors alarmed and/or wanderguarded Where is the residents room in relation to exits and the nursing station Is the resident capable of exiting through a window – can the windows be exited through

156 Are the grounds easily visible from the facility, are they well lit Is the facility on or near a busy street Are there hills, woods, water on the grounds Is public transportation available near the facility

157 Review Injury Risk Does resident receive frequent bruises, skin tears, etc. Does the resident exhibit behaviors that place them at risk for abuse from others Are there objects in the environment which place the resident at risk for injury – sharps, chemicals, stairwells

158 Acute Assessments When an acute change occurs – assess for possible causes Review for any recent changes in treatments/meds Review medical history

159 Interview resident as able – any changes, concerns Interview staff for any identified changes Conduct physical assessment as determined appropriate – vitals, neuros, auscultate lungs, abdomen, palpate area(s) of concern, recent labs, last BM, last void – anything unusual with stool or urine Conduct brief cognitive assessment

160 REMEMBER… Not all identified risk factors need to be addressed in the comprehensive assessment – only those the ID Team determines to be pertinent to the resident When addressing a risk factor in the assessment, indicate how it does impact the resident, not how it could

161 When completing the comprehensive assessment, keep asking WHY Incomplete or inaccurate data is not helpful in completing a comprehensive assessment and should not be used

162 The comprehensive assessment is the key to developing effective, individualized resident care

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