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In this month's newsletter:
  • Endometriosis Awareness Month
  • World Kidney Awareness Day
  • Professionalism & Punctuality Reminders
  • Covid-19
  • One Touch Health
  • Refer a Friend
Endometriosis Awareness Month


March marks Endometriosis Awareness Month.
Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where endometrial tissue (tissue similar to the lining of the uterus) grows outside of the uterus. It is estimated that 1 in 10 women have endometriosis (Zondervan 2020). Endometriosis frequently presents with the symptom of pain including dysmenorrhoea (painful periods), dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse), and chronic pelvic or abdominal pain.

Endometriosis can cause infertility and for women with subfertility the prevalence rate ranges from 25% to 40%. We have listed below some resource links for you to check out.

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/endometriosis/
https://www.endometriosis.ie/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJ9bUcPZGJQ&t=3s
 
World Kidney Awareness Day 10th March

Being diagnosed with kidney disease can be a huge challenge, for both the person and those around them. Approximately 1 in 10 people are also  affected by Chronic Kidney Disease.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition in which the kidneys cannot perform their normal functions. Your kidneys lose the majority of their filtering ability and, as a result, fluid and waste accumulates in your body.

When CKD happens suddenly, it is known as ACUTE KIDNEY DISEASE (AKD). The most common causes of acute damage to the kidneys are:
  • Decreased blood flow to the kidney: this may occur when there is extremely low blood pressure caused by trauma, complicated surgery, septic shock, haemorrhage, burns, associated dehydration or other severe or complicated illnesses.
  • Over-exposure to metals, solvents, x-ray dye, certain antibiotics and other medications or substances.
  • Acute Tubular Necrosis (ATN) may occur when the tissues are not getting enough oxygen. Short-term treatment may be needed for acute kidney disease, but the kidneys usually recover on their own. However, if the cause of the acute kidney disease persists, there can be permanent damage to the kidney, which would lead to CKD.
CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE (CKD) usually develops slowly, with few signs or symptoms in the early stages. You may still be passing normal amounts of urine, but it will be poor quality, and waste products, which should normally be filtered out, will remain in the body. Many people, with CKD, do not realise they have a problem until their kidney function has decreased to less than 25 percent of normal (CKD4). This damage usually occurs slowly, and is not reversible. The rate of deterioration of kidney function is variable, ranging from more than ten years to only a few months.

Eventually, the kidneys can only function at less than 10 percent of normal capacity. The kidneys have almost stopped working at this stage and treatment, in the form of dialysis or a kidney transplant is required to take over the work of the kidneys and maintain life.

This is commonly known as END STAGE KIDNEY DISEASE (ESKD). In other words, kidney damage is irreversible and cannot be controlled by conservative management alone. When kidneys reach 'end-stage', they never recover.
 
We have listed some information websites should you want to access more information. See below:
http://www.beaumont.ie/media/IKACKDAwarenessLeafletLR1.pdf
https://ika.ie/kidneyday21/
https://www.kidney.org/patients/resources_Organizations
 
Professionalism & Punctuality Reminders


Key reminders for your caring/ nursing role within myhomecare
•    Always treat your clients with the utmost respect and dignity
•    Always treat a family members family with the same respect
•    Always treat your supervisor/manager with respect
•    Ensure you are punctual and on time for all your rostered work shifts
•    Ensure you stay the allocated time for your rostered shift
•    Ensure to adhere to the clients care plan and carry out all tasks outlined
•    Remember to document all care and tasks provided after each shift completed.
•    Remember we are here to help!
 
Coronavirus ~ COVID-19 🦠

All the information you need regarding COVID-19.
 
In relation to Covid-19 ensure you are kept up to date on the most recent guidance from the HSE & HSPC websites. Remember:

•    All staff must wear gloves, apron and surgical mask for all visits in a clients home.  Correct donning and doffing of PPE must be completed on entering and leaving the home. Change of PPE if needed between tasks such as personal case is permitted once clean PPE is put on.

•    Handwashing must be completed on entering the home and leaving. In between tasks carried out

•    All carers are to wear enhanced PPE (surgical face mask, goggles/visors, full gowns, gloves) when working with a client who is Covid positive. Please contact your local client care manager/nurse manager so this can be provided to you. If you are made aware a client is awaiting a test result or is symptomatic we can provide full PPE in the interim. If negative result basic PPE then will resume.

•    All your clothes should be washed daily using a minimum 60 degree cycle. If possible, leave your work shoes outside or in the car.

Please remember to self-monitor for COVID symptoms minimum twice daily as per guidelines. If you have a sore throat, blocked/runny nose, cough, aches/pain, tiredness/fatigue, loss of taste/smell, severe headache or any other unusual symptom please contact your GP and Myhomecare immediately for advice before continuing your client calls.

You must inform the office if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, are a close contact or have received a positive antigen test. If you are awaiting a PCR test you cannot return to work until result has come back and it is negative. 

Some helpful links are outlined below with guidance and video resources available

https://myhomecare.ie/covid-19/

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/contact-tracing/close-contact/

https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/
One Touch Health


 
It is important that you record your tasks and care provided in the notes section daily for each client. If you have any issues using the system, please contact your local team who will be happy to help!
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