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Trauma informed care acknowledges that health care organizations and care teams need to have a complete picture of a patient's life situation -past and present- in order to provide effective health care services with a healing orientation. These practices can potentially improve patient engagement, treatment adherence, and health outcomes, as well as provider and staff wellness. It also reduces avoidable care and excess costs for both the health care and social service sectors. Trauma-informed care seeks to actively avoid re-traumatization (CHCS, 2019).
Health and stress go hand-in-hand with one another. When the body has long-term stress, the body never receives a clear signal to return to normal functioning. This can disturb the immune, digestive, cardiovascular, sleep, and reproductive systems. Over time, continued strain on your body from stress may contribute to serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other illnesses including mental health disease such as depression and anxiety (NIH, 2020).
As an APRN, utilizing this information in caring for vulnerable populations can create an overall greater outcome. Acknowledging these conditions will allow the APRN to remain open-minded and create rapport with the patient to openly discuss their feelings regarding a stressful or traumatic situation. Educating the patient about proper sleep, nutrition, hydration and movement will create a more positive feeling within the patient. People should be sleeping 7-8 hours per night or as many consecutive hours as possible. Drinking water becomes even more important during times of stress; the physical response to stress mimics that of dehydration. Taking the time to hydrate yourself during times of stress will help reduce the risk of dehydration occurring. A diet high in antioxidants decreases free radicals preventing symptoms of brain-fog from vitamin and mineral deficiency. Try limiting caffeine, nicotine, and processed foods as these suppress the immune system. Finally, movement is an antidote for the impact of stress on cells. Movement improves lymphatic drainage, gut health, and micro-circulation through the organs and extremities (AHNA, 2020).
“5 Things You Should Know About Stress.” National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2020, www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/stress/index.shtml.
“Home.” American Holistic Nurses Association, 2020, www.ahna.org/Home/Resources/Stress-Management.
What Is Trauma-Informed Care? 13 Apr. 2020, www.traumainformedcare.chcs.org/what-is-trauma-informed-care/.