An Integrated Approach to Health Care –What do you know and understand about the touted term ‘an integrated approach to health care’? The Nurses for Nurses Network recently held a Health Therapies Conference for Nurses in Bali with an integrated approach to health care as the focus. By tradition we recognize integrated healthcare as an approach ‘characterized by a high degree of collaboration and communication among health professionals. What makes integrated health care unique is the sharing of information among team members related to patient care and the establishment of a comprehensive treatment plan to address the biological, psychological, and social needs of the patient. The interdisciplinary health care team includes a diverse group of members (e.g., physicians, psychologists, social workers, and occupational and physical therapists), depending on the needs of the patient’.[i]
We all know the myriad of concerns that surround many of our residents with their bowels and yes we all employ regimes to address the issues in a timely and effective manner. I know it may sound a little strange – but I have never been in a room with so many well informed and experienced Nurses who despite their years in the industry were excited to learn new ways from an Osteopath and Naturopaths to assist with bowel management using basic food and massage.
I and many of my fellow Nurses were unfamiliar with the term liposomal Vitamin C. We certainly understand the impact on the body if there is a deficiency in Vitamin C. During this conference we learnt more about how you can make your own liposomal Vitamin C and the benefits of same.
‘Liposomal vitamin C is vitamin C that is encapsulated by synthetic vesicles known as liposomes. Fusing vitamin C with liposomes facilitates the body’s absorption of the supplement and allows a higher concentration of it to be distributed into cells and the bloodstream than traditional vitamin C pills or drops do. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that fortifies the immune system and boosts the body’s metabolism. Liposomes aid in the release of medicinal and therapeutic drugs into the body by inhibiting the digestion of such medications. Rather than portions of the medicine being expelled out of the body as waste, a greater proportion reaches the sections of the body that the medicine was designed to treat.
Using liposomal vitamin C as opposed to traditional vitamin C has several benefits. The liposomal coating allows vitamin C to dissolve into the lining of the stomach rather than entering the digestive tract. After it is in the bloodstream, the special liposome layer continues to work by penetrating the cell wall and delivering the vitamin C directly to the cell. As a result, more vitamin C is absorbed into the body than through traditional means of administration.’[ii]
We were also fortunate to learn more about General Practitioners who are now consciously integrating their orthodox medical practices with complementary practices for the benefit of their patients in Australia.
Traveling to other countries / locations for CPD events provides Nurses the opportunity to learn and be inspired by others in really stimulating environments. This conference in Bali has renewed our interest in the practical application of Integrated healthcare and we have returned with many positive suggestions to make in our work environment’s to benefit our residents and patients.
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[i] http://www.apa.org/about/gr/issues/health-care/integrated.aspx ( accessed 22.07.16)
[ii] http://www.wisegeekhealth.com/what-is-liposomal-vitamin-c.htm ( accessed 22.07.16)