Bedside Care & Why It's Important

Bedside Care 101: Benefits and What You Need to Know

Find out what bedside care comprises, why it’s important and how it can support recovery after hospitalisation.

by Calvyn Ee

What Is Bedside Care?

According to Ohio University’s Nursing School, bedside care or bedside nursing can be defined as:

“Providing direct care to patients in hospitals, clinics, ambulatory centres, nursing and residential care homes, and other medical facilities. Bedside nurses are the anchor for everyone who passes through their care. They must use that connection of trust and empathy to facilitate comfort for both the patients and their families.

In other words, bedside care is one-on-one care provided by bedside carers to accommodate the needs of the patients and even extends to the best interest of the families. It involves a great deal of communication, empathy and putting the patient and families’ comfort and wellbeing at the forefront of care.

Who Needs Bedside Care?

Typically, bedside care is provided to the elderly, those who have just undergone major surgery or chronically ill patients. This is particularly true for patients in residential care facilities or nursing homes. In hospitals, it is provided by bedside nurses in various departments, for example, trauma, emergency or surgery. Patients requiring direct, day-to-day care benefit from the close and undivided attention that bedside care can provide. You may need bedside care if you or loved ones are:

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While many nurses can have normal office working hours, a bedside nurse may be required to work irregular hours to provide 24-hour care for their patients.

What Does Bedside Care Involve?

Bedside care or bedside nursing can involve a number of different tasks and responsibilities: These can range from:

  • Monitoring and recording symptoms
  • Monitoring health conditions
  • Administering medication
  • Recording vitals
  • Updating reports for doctors
  • Performing nursing procedures 
  • Performing diagnostic tests
  • Educating patients and families on treatment plans
  • Collaborating with doctors for diagnosis and care plans

On top of this, bedside care also provides much needed emotional support for patients. Building rapport and trust with the patients is a big part of bedside care and helps carers to truly support you on your journey.

How Can Bedside Care Help with Recovery?

Quality of Care

The emphasis on communication, active listening and empathy provides bedside carers with greater insight into your well-being. This provides greater quality of care through clear and open communication between you and your carer and enables them to make more informed decisions on your condition and treatment plan.

Better Understanding of Treatment

The constant bedside presence also provides carers with a better channel of communication to explain treatments and procedures to you and your family. In turn, this can help to reduce anxiety and fear that you may have surrounding the recovery process, whether it is at home or in a hospital. A strong carer-patient relationship makes all the difference in a patient’s journey.

Effective Communication with Doctors

Bedside care also allows nurses to effectively communicate their state of health to their doctors. This can include any changes in your condition, medication tolerance or any improvement you may have. Accordingly, this enables both health professionals to assess and develop the best care plans or even help to diagnose new medical conditions.

Dedicated Care

While non-bedside nurses are involved with various responsibilities across multiple departments or hospitals, bedside carers are focused on patient-centred care and act as your main pillar of strength while you are under their care. As bedside care is concentrated on direct and one-on-one care, you are provided with undivided attention and this can help to maintain your quality of living or even speed up your recovery.

Emotional Support

Bedside care also provides you with a more comforting and consistent presence, which can help you with your physical and mental wellbeing. This also includes receiving challenging news which may be more difficult to accept if it is passed on by a newly-encountered nurse or care professional.

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Did you know?

While many nurses can have normal office working hours, a bedside nurse may be required to work irregular hours to provide 24-hour care for their patients.

Bedside Care At Home

At-home bedside care would mean that you are able to receive care or recover in the comfort of your own home. With a qualified and certified nurse or caregiver, bedside care at home is perfectly safe. Although not every medical equipment or device may be available in a home setting, bedside care remains a viable and cost-effective option.

Additionally, if you experience heightened anxiety in a hospital setting, bedside care at home can help to alleviate these fears. With the approval of your doctor and help from a bedside carer, a specialised and in-home treatment plan can kickstart your health journey.

Bedside Care In Malaysia

Since the start of the pandemic, many Malaysians, particularly those with compromised immune systems or reduced mobility such as people with comorbidities or senior citizens, have become more reluctant to go to the hospital or clinic. Whether you choose to receive bedside care at home or in a hospital, you can be sure you are receiving specialised and quality one-on-one care for your needs.

At Homage, we support families looking for bedside care at home or in hospitals. No matter what stage you or your loved ones are in, we can find the right care plan for you.

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References
 

Bedside nursing and beyond: The other side of nursing (2020) Maryville Online. Available at: https://online.maryville.edu/blog/bedside-nursing/ (Accessed: April 28, 2022).

Bedside nursing: Key roles and responsibilities (2021) Ohio University. Available at: https://onlinemasters.ohio.edu/blog/bedside-nursing/ (Accessed: April 28, 2022).

in-Training (2018) Why is Bedside Manner Important? » in-Training, the online peer-reviewed publication for medical students, in-Training. Pager Publications, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit literary corporation. Available at: https://in-training.org/why-is-bedside-manner-important-16124 (Accessed: April 28, 2022).

Loheswar, R. (2021) Doctors: Seriously ill should not shun hospitals for fear of Covid-19, Yahoo News. Available at: https://malaysia.news.yahoo.com/doctors-seriously-ill-not-shun-211221787.html (Accessed: April 28, 2022).

Why Bedside Care is So Important (2018) Herzing University. Available at: https://www.herzing.edu/blog/why-bedside-care-so-important (Accessed: April 28, 2022).

 

About the Writer
Calvyn Ee
Calvyn is an aspiring author, poet and storyteller. He spends his time reading, gaming and building stories with his action figure photography.
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