Visiting nursing stations continue to provide services in cooperation with Osaka Ikuno-ku

Visiting nursing station continues to provide services in cooperation May 23, Osaka Ikuno-ku 5:10

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Due to the new coronavirus, nurses were infected at the site of visiting nursing, and some offices had to be closed. In order to prepare for this situation, osaka is also starting a rare effort in Osaka to send nurses to other offices instead, even if visiting nursing stations are unable to provide services.

This initiative began last month with a call from a visiting nursing station in Ikuno-ku, Osaka, and is attended by 16 offices, which account for approximately three-thirds of the city.

In visiting nursing, there are offices where nurses are infected and are forced to take a leave of absence, and maintaining services is an issue.

For this reason, if we are forced to take a leave of absence in this initiative, the office responsible for coordinating the company will gather information about the user and send nurses from another office that cooperates mainly with patients who are in high need of care.

Visiting nursing requires a doctor’s instructions for medical practice, but with the help of the local medical association, they have asked local doctors to respond.

According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, these initiatives are rare in Japan and are expected to be an effective measure against the expected second wave of infections in the future.

Mr. Shiki Hirayama, manager of “Visiting Nursing Station,” which called for initiatives, said, “We want to increase the number of participants and prepare for the second wave while deepening cooperation.”

Securing successors is a challenge

A survey conducted by the Foundation for Visiting Nursing found that more than 80% of users were unable to secure their successors if they were forced to leave.

This survey was conducted by the Japan Visiting Nursing Foundation for more than 2,700 visiting nursing stations nationwide, which it has joined over the end of last month, and 424 offices have responded.

According to this, it was found that the office that answered “we have decided” about the user’s takeover destination in the event that it was forced to close the company was not secured by the office of “not decided” and “under consideration” as “under consideration” did not secure the takeover destination.

Mihoko Sato, executive director of the Japan Visitnursing Foundation, which conducted the survey, said, “Some users have terminal cancer and intravenous drip every day, and some patients need to take measures to prepare for the second wave.”