MRS. S, AN 89-year-old-widow, lives independently in a senior apartment complex. Although her moderate hearing loss has worsened over the past few years, she's maintained good health and a remarkable level of self-care for her age. Mrs. S takes six different medications daily, including an antihypertensive drug and low-dose aspirin.
Mrs. S comes to a busy clinic with signs and symptoms of a urinary tract infection. While teaching her about her newly prescribed medications, her nurse realizes she hasn't heard any of the instructions. What should the nurse do?
To help answer the question, this article outlines how a patient's hearing impairment impacts patient safety, technology enhancements that help mitigate hearing loss, and nursing care strategies that nurses can use when caring for hearing-impaired patients like Mrs. S.
SOURCE: Nursing: June 2015 - Volume 45 - Issue 6 - p 64–66