MEDICAL AND COMMUNICABLE DISEASES WARD
Medical and Communicable Diseases Ward, as literally described by the name, is a ward or a healthcare unit which caters to all patients with medical and communicable conditions ranging to conditions affecting the different systems and organs of the body.
The ward consists of 8 rooms wherein each room houses patients with specific medical conditions to prevent cross-contaminations between infectious and non-infectious medical conditions. To sum up, the clinical unit can provide for up to 54 medical (infectious and non-infectious) patients.
Three (3) of the rooms in the ward are shared with a neighboring ward, Philhealth Ward, which also caters patients with medical conditions. These rooms cater immunocompromised patients (Isolation Room), and patients who are for close monitoring or ideally to be admitted to Intensive Care Unit (Room 5 and Intermediate Room). Only the intermediate room is air-conditioned at present.
The ward is equipped with suction machines, cardiac monitors with defibrillators, crash cart with emergency drugs and supplies, pulse oximeters, nebulizers and oxygen flow meters.
- Region II Trauma and Medical Center is in the forefront of trauma care in Region II.
- To provide continuous, prompt, effective and quality nursing care to all patients admitted in Medical Ward.
- Provide a high standard of medical and nursing care in a therapeutic, comfortable and friendly environment, in which patients and their family members are encouraged to contribute to planning their care.
- Provide quality healthcare through complete, functioning and up to date medical equipment apparatuses and supplies.
- Provide quality patient-centered healthcare services, retaining each client’s individuality, and is cared for physically, socially, psychologically, spiritually and culturally, whilst maintaining dignity, privacy and confidentiality.
- Continually improve each staff member’s clinical knowledge and performance through compliance with policies, regulations, teamwork, and individual development through seminars, trainings and continuing education.
- Continually progress in performance and skills through patient and other client feedback and suggestions.
- Formulate and implement policies and regulations concerning infection control, such as proper handwashing and proper waste segregation.
- Maintain cleanliness and organization in the work area and patient rooms.
- Act as patients’ advocates of healthcare through its staff’s wide range of experience, professional development and clinical supervision.
- Provide specific quality healthcare services to clients aged 19 years and above with medical and/or communicable conditions, specifically those with Cardiovascular, Neurologic, Musculoskeletal, Rheumatologic, Endocrinological, Dermatologic, Gastrointestinal, Respiratory, Oncologic, Immunologic and other internal/medical non-traumatic conditions.
- Coordinate with different hospital departments regarding healthcare (i.e. Dietary Section for certain diet restrictions of clients; Surgery Department for Operations; and Laboratory Section for blood extraction and testing).
- Assist in facilitating diagnostic examinations such as Radiologic (x-rays, sonography and CT Scans), laboratory tests such as CBC, Blood Chemistry, Hepatitis Panel, Specimen analysis, some Immunology Test and other blood works.
- Assist in facilitating medical procedures such as Thoracentesis, Paracentesis, Nasogastric Tube insertion and Lumbar Puncture.
- Facilitate nursing procedures such as vital signs monitoring, morning care, wound care, medication administration, blood transfusion, intravenous access insertion, and nasogastric feeding.
- Advocate clients and significant others regarding healthcare practices such as lifestyle change, proper handwashing and infection control, and diet modification.
- Assist in team effort during Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and post-mortem care.
- Advocate clients and significant others regarding institution and unit policies and regulations.
- Assist clients and significant others to understand better their medical conditions.
- Provide clients and their significant others a therapeutic environment for comfort and healing.
- Continuous monitoring and recording of patients’ and other clients’ feedback and suggestions through circulation of satisfaction surveys.
- Continuous inventory of medical equipment, apparatuses, supplies and emergency drugs.
- Continuous recording of positive reports of culture and sensitivity tests as participation in the infection control movement.
- Accomplishment of daily and monthly reports such as oxygen consumption reports, census reports, monitoring log sheets and other documents.
- Maintain cleanliness and organization in the clinical unit. Keep healthcare records and other documents sorted and kept in a systematic order.
- Maintain professionalism and respect for co-workers, clients and guests.