Winter season often turns out to be a testing time for people with health ailments, especially respiratory disorders and arthritis. Studies also indicate that the probability of a heart attack is more in winter. The chilly conditions can have an adverse impact on wound healing and it is often reported that post surgical rehab takes relatively longer time in winter.
The following article takes a look at how Home Care Nursing can be a boon in winter by taking a look at the disease condition and the best care that can be taken for the condition
Rheumatoid Arthritis – tends to get worse during winter. The pain becomes acute during the cold weather and is further intensified if the moisture content in the air is high. This disrupts the blood circulation and causes a lot of pain. Rheumatoid arthritis thus requires more attention during the winter and having a nurse attend to your needs will ensure proper care.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – This respiratory disorder tends to aggravate during the winter season. During this season, the severity of coughing and the amount of phlegm produced in the body goes up. Air pollution levels too surge during the colder months, making it difficult for those already suffering from breathing problems. Chances of medical emergencies related to the condition, including heart failure, pneumonia and pulmonary embolism are higher during the winters compared to other months. It is thus advisable to have a trained nurse by your side during these months.
Pneumonia – is a lung infection that tends to aggravate in winter, especially in kids, the aged and those suffering from diseases that affect the immune system. Symptoms like chest pain when a person breathes or coughs, reduced mental awareness in adults, fever with sweating and chills could become more severe and even lead to death. This happens because people prefer staying indoors during this season and become easily susceptible to contagious diseases, including flu. Also, reduced exposure to sunlight (best source of vitamin D) leads to a fall in your immunity levels and increases chances of contracting pneumonia.People suffering from pneumonia could have a blocked airway due to an infection or accumulation of mucus. There are different techniques and manoeuvres that can be done to provide relief from these symptoms. Nurses are taught to use specific devices to expel the mucus and phlegm, and perform the necessary techniques to give quick relief.
Nurses could also help you undergo chest physiotherapy. Undergoing this can help you cope with your condition in a more effective manner.
Collect sputum samples for testing at regular intervals.
It is important to keep an eye on your ABG (Arterial Blood Gasses) level especially if you have less oxygen reaching your tissues (hypoxia).
Receiving nursing care at home is a great stress reliever, and infact reduces your recovery time. Get in touch with a quality home care service provider to take care of your nursing needs this winter.
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Mr. Raj Shekhar
Age 32, Chennai
My father had a surgery and required regular healthcare services. Portea has greatly helped him with their in-home healthcare services.
I would like to thank you for the nursing services arranged during the last 10 days. Appreciate your help. I would like to mention Antony (Nursing co-coordinator) for the excellent support and help.
Kudos to @PorteaMedical
for taking care of my senior citizen parents and a physically challenged sister in Lucknow at this hour of need when the existing caretaker left in the middle of lockdown ..within a day the arrangements were made can’t thank you enough! #inthistogether