Activity 16.2: Reflective practice

Consider a patient interaction that you have had where communication was perceived to be difficult. Why was this the case?

What could have made this more effective for you and the patient?

  1. Potential barriers may include: use of technology, monitoring and infusion lines, tubes, sensory overload, stress and anxiety, fear, limited mobility, loss of independence, loss of normal nutritional and fluid intake, lack of communication: inability to verbalise, lack of touch, loss of normal family interaction, loss of normal routine.
  2. Strategies to overcome: minimise sensory overload, promote rest and sleep periods, promote participation in care and independence, promote active limb movements and exercises, encourage interaction by use of alternate communication methods, encourage family interaction and participation in care if appropriate.