We chose our topic because of a personal interview. We are addressing the issue of patient privacy concerning the use of the “hat” specimen collector and how it affects trust between patients and nurses. Our personal interest in this is that it has affected our family members, and also because we want our future patients to feel as safe and respected as possible.
Currently, there are not many solutions to allowing privacy to patients having to use the specimen collector.
We created an easy solution to a complex issue that is sometimes not even thought about and often overlooked.
What is our solution?
Lids that cover the specimen collector that patients can slide easily on top so that at least there is some feeling of privacy for the patient.
This lid will be available with easy access for the patients. The main concern we found was the fact that the patient's waste would be sitting in the open for extensive periods of time. Now, the patients would have some feeling of comfort knowing that there is something covering the waste from the sight of other people.
Points of View:
Emma's father actually experienced using the specimen collector. He expressed his concern about not having some type of cover over the “hat.” For example, he was afraid for family members to go into his restroom for the fear that his specimen collector was full and had not been disposed of.
There are probably many patients that feel this way. With this lid, comfort and trust between the patient and nurse is built. Trust is vital to the relationship between nurse and patient. It has been proven to promote healing, boost morale among both patients and professional, and help patients include their families in the healing process.
From the perspective of the nurse, a lid for the specimen collector reduces the chance of infection and cross-contamination. This helps to keep the nurse safe from illness, and also helps preserve patient samples for lab testing due to the lower risk of cross contamination.
Increase patient privacy and comfort
Allows for more adequate transportation
Decrease in specimen contamination
Increase in nurse safety
Decrease in odors
Potential of lid not sealing correctly
Contamination when patient puts lid on the hat
Increase in wait time of disposal due to nurses not noticing it is filled
Increase in lids being contaminated between patients
Increase in costs
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