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Nursing the patient with severe communication impairment (short summary)

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severe
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impairment

This paper looks at information from interviews with nurses about their positive and negative experiences of nursing patients with severe communication impairment.

They generally found communication to be difficult, largely due to the additional time required, but also found some effective strategies to facilitate it.

Many problems resulted from the lack of an easily understandable communication system that both nurse and patient could use.

It is concluded that nurses need training in AAC and access to a range of simple AAC devices. Also that speech and language therapists should work with nurses on the development of preadmission information for patients with SCI and bedside training for people with SCI who are admitted to hospital.


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Added to site September 2014


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