You are a home health nurse visiting an 85-year-old client, Mrs. Smith, in her home. Mrs. Smith lives alone and has a small dog for companionship. Her daughter comes to visit every Sunday. Mrs. Smith takes a total of seven different medications and keeps them in unlabeled containers. She is also prescribed home oxygen therapy. Upon observing the clientâ€™s environment, you notice that the living room is dimly lit. Mrs. Smith tells you, â€œI donâ€™t like a lot of lights, but I use this lamp here next to my chair.â€ You notice the lamp is plugged into an extension cord attached to an outlet across the room. You also see an ash tray on the clientâ€™s table. You inquire if the client smokes. Mrs. Smith replies, â€œOh, no. I donâ€™t smoke, but my daughter does.â€
- Discuss the safety hazards observed in the clientâ€™s home.
- Describe any nursing actions you would take to promote safety.
- Explain the teaching points you would reinforce to the client and family.
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