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Three Levels of Preventive Care for Nurses

Nurses care for patients in a variety of ways. That care can take different forms; during any given shift, a nurse may perform various duties, including educating patients, treating injuries or illnesses, and helping them access additional treatment resources. A nurse’s preventive duties can be divided into three categories: primary, secondary, and tertiary care.

Primary Care

This level of preventive care is proactive; it’s also known as health promotion, and it involves providing patients with the information they need to manage and ultimately improve their health. By educating patients and providing them with this valuable information, nurses can help patients care for themselves as well as possible and avoid many health problems.

One of the best things about this level of preventive care is that it can happen in a variety of situations; it isn’t limited to a certain type of nurse-patient encounter. Nursing staff essentially can promote health information and wellness strategies whenever they meet patients, helping disseminate important health information in the wider community.

Secondary Care

While primary care can be more theoretical and more focused on education in general, secondary care is more specific to the patient. It involves analyzing high-risk factors and susceptibility to different diseases or conditions through screening to prevent their onset.

This is important at this juncture because preventive measures can lead to early diagnosis and prompt treatment, and it can also prevent more severe problems from developing. Examples include breast self-examination and screening for high blood pressure. With these conditions, early detection can make a big difference. With the help of a nurse, patients may be able to detect problems early and treat them effectively, which can be very important in the long run.

Tertiary Care

This is the third level of care, and it’s different in one important way: it involves the treatment of a disease or condition that has been diagnosed in a patient. Nurses help individuals create a care plan and make any modifications necessary to improve conditions. This is important because the nurses can help people manage the condition as much as possible, including minimizing further damage.

This level of care applies when the patient has been diagnosed with an incurable disease; the conditions may include a range of illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or cancer. Managing the disease as well as possible is important because it may prevent further deterioration. The diagnosis does not necessarily mean that the first two levels of care failed; the disease may not have been preventable, or it may have occurred in spite of the patient’s efforts to avert it.

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