- Technology is integral to successful implementation in many projects, through either support or integration or both. Name at least one technology that could improve the implementation process and the outcomes of your EBP project. Do you plan to use this technology? If not, what are the barriers that prevent its use?
Incorporating Telemedicine in Monitoring Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA),
The evolving medical technology, particularly in therapeutics and diagnostics, has considerably improved patient care and the general delivery of healthcare. In addition, using medical technology has played an essential role in improving patient outcomes and cutting down healthcare expenses. Some of the medical technologies have expedited diagnosis and treatment of chronic and deadly diseases including cervical cancer.
My evidence based project is founded on the need to train surgical patients on the harmful effects of health complications linked to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), particularly in unmonitored settings. Brenner and Goldman (2014) noted that there is increased occurrences of detrimental health outcomes linked to OSA challenges in surgical patients due to insufficient diagnostics mechanisms to identify OSA before and once the patient has undergone surgery. Dealing with harmful effects linked to OSA complications entail providing caregivers and patients with information to help in diagnosing and protecting patients experiencing the negative impacts.
Telemedicine is the technology that could significantly enhance the adoption of the stated project because it would improve monitoring and provision of care to surgical patients in unmonitored environments. Telemedicine is appropriate during postoperative period, particularly when the patient is put under the homecare. Using this technology to adopt this project is practical because of the increased penetration of fast internet and broadband speed in many parts of the country, making it the cheapest technique of supervising and informing patients and their caregivers remotely (Lemus, McMullin, & Balinowski, 2018). Secondly, telemedicine can be incorporated easily with other medical applications and technologies, thus allowing for a multidisciplinary approach to providing care for outpatients (Brenner & Goldman, 2014).
Although telemedicine is suitable in the adoption of my project, I do not intend to use because it is vulnerable to regular interruption and technical breakdowns that can possibly hinder the delivery of care to patients in inaccessible areas where internet cannot be accessed with ease. Secondly, telemedicine would be unsuitable for patients with little knowledge on the technology and those with weakened functional capability, particularly because of the old age.
In conclusion, using technology to provide healthcare services would potentially improve health outcome for patients suffering from chronic and mild diseases. In my evidence based project, telemedicine would help provide information and monitor patients in uncontrolled environments for challenges linked to OSA. However, susceptibility of telemedicine to technological challenges is one of the leading factors that hinder its application. The aim of my evidence based project is to inform surgical patients about complications linked to OSA. Therefore, training would occur in hospital setting through face to face approach.
Brenner, M. J., & Goldman, J. L. (2014). Obstructive sleep apnea and surgery: quality improvement imperatives and opportunities. Current otorhinolaryngology reports, 2(1), 20-29.
Lemus, L. P., McMullin, B., & Balinowski, H. (2018). Don’t ignore my snore: Reducing perioperative complications of obstructive sleep apnea. Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing, 33(3), 338-345.