Caregiver (Intermediate)

Recipients of the Caregiver (Intermediate) credential have demonstrated concept proficiency and completed  the following tasks:

Activity 1 – Microorganisms & Aseptic Techniques (Medical Asepsis)
(a) Put on gown (hat and mask as desired).
(b) Wet hands and applied soap.
(c) Held hands and forearms lower than elbows.
(d) Washed the palm and back of each hand to 10 count.
(e) Cleaned around fingernails with fingernail brush and file.
(f) Washed fingers using interlaced thumbs and 10 count.
(g) Rinsed hands and dried each hand with a separate paper towel.
(h) Turned off water using a paper towel.
(i) Put materials away.

Activity 2 – Taking and Recording Temperature
(a) Made sure thermometer was sterile by using proper cleaning.
(b) Put on hospital gown and hat and washed hands. Put on gloves.
(c) Greeted patient and explained procedure.
(d) Placed tip cover on thermometer and turned it on.
(e) Placed correctly in patient’s mouth. Left in one minute.
(f) Removed thermometer and properly discarded tip cover.
(g) Read thermometer and recorded on TPR form.
(h) Properly washed thermometer and put away materials.

Activity 3 – Taking the Pulse
(a) Put on hospital gown and hat and washed hands.
(b) Greeted patient and explained process.
(c) Placed patient’s arm in comfortable resting position not holding up or bending it.
(d) Placed tips of first two fingers on artery on inside of wrist below thumb.
(e) Pressed firmly enough to feel pulse.
(f) Counted beats for 60 seconds.
(g) Noted rhythm in patient’s pulse.
(h) Recorded pulse correctly on TPR form.

Activity 4 – Taking Respiration
(a) Put on hospital gown and hat and washed hands.
(b) Counted rise and fall of chest or stomach for one minute.
(c) Recorded respirations correctly on TPR form.
(d) Accurately charted patient’s TPR on Graphic Nurse’s Notes.

Activity 5 – Taking Blood Pressure
(a) Listened to
(b) Put on hospital gown and hat and washed hands.
(c) Greeted patient and explained procedure.
(d) Used stethoscope to listen to patient’s heartbeat.
(e) Placed the deflated cuff snugly and evenly around the left arm, placing the lower edge of the cuff about 1 or 2 inches above the anticubital space with the tubes hanging on the inside of the elbow.
(f) Attached the gauge to the slit on the cuff.

Activity 6 – Measuring Intake and Output
(a) Completed Measuring Intake and Output Worksheet.
(b) Recorded correct intake and output values for Mrs. Swanson.
(c) Recorded correct output values for Mr. Miller on the Intake and Output Sheet.
(d) Put materials away.

Activity 7 – Medications: Managing and Administering
(a) Read information sheet “How to Read a Prescription Medication Label”.
(b) Read activity sheet “How to Read an Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medication Label”.
(c) Complete the questions on the “How to Read an Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medication Label” activity sheet.
(d) Identified 10 items on toothpaste product label.
(e) Read the “Organizing Medications” worksheet.
(f) Filled the pill organizer with seven “pills” for the week.
(g) Poured 1 tsp of water into the liquid medication dispenser.
(h) Poured the 1 tsp. of water into plastic spoon. Compared results.
(i) Poured 1 tsp. of water into liquid medication dispenser.
(j) Poured the 1 tsp of water into teaspoon. Compared results.
(k) Compared two spoons with each other and medicine dispenser.
(l) Cleaned up and put materials away.

Activity 8 – Getting Acquainted
(a) Listened to
(b) Recorded information on the “Reaction Sheet” for chosen patient.
(c) Listed problems, special interets, family information
(d) Checked work with instructor.
(e) Put away materials.

Activity 9 – Planning Activities
(a) Reviewed the “Personal Needs” list for chosen senior citizen.
(b) Reviewed “Activities” list.
(c) Read thru problems and special information from “Reaction Sheet.”
(d) Selected activities for chosen senior citizen and recorded them on “Activities” list.
(e) Put away materials.Activity 6 – Measuring Intake and Output
(a) Completed Measuring Intake and Output Worksheet.
(b) Recorded correct intake and output values for Mrs. Swanson.
(c) Recorded correct output values for Mr. Miller on the Intake and Output Sheet.
(d) Put materials away.

Activity 10 -Communication
(a) Developed a response for each of the four limitations provided.
(b) Communicated with another individual using an appropriate code.

Activity 11 – Physical Care
Washing hands and face:
(a) Filled basin with warm water.
(b) Wrapped plastic cape around the person’s shoulders.
(c) Wrapped wrung out washcloth around hand and fingers to wipe eyelids and nose wiping outward to the hairline.
(d) Washed rest of face using soap and water.
(e) Wiped face to remove soap.
(f) Dried off face with the towel.
(g) Placed “elderly person’s” hands, one at a time, in the basin, washed, rinsed, and dried.
Feeding:
(h) Held half-filled cup to the mouth of “elderly person” and let the person take a small amount and swallow.
(i) Touched the side of the spoon to the person’s lips and tipped it in. Allowed “elderly person” to swallow.
(j) Held glass of water to the mouth of “elderly person” and let the person take a small amount and swallow.
(k) Wiped mouth with the napkin.
(l) Switched roles of elderly person and caregiver and repeated steps.

Activity 12 – Experiencing Physical Limitations and Sensory Losses
(a) Read the “Experiencing Physical Impairments of Aging” Sheet.
(b) Simulated an “impairment” as a senior citizen.
(c) Served as a “caregiver” to an impaired “senior.”
(d) Wrote a report on experience.
(e) Cleaned up and put materials away.
 

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