Teaching Oral Rehydration Techniques to Parents in Rural Panama: Nurses Making a Difference

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/307949
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Teaching Oral Rehydration Techniques to Parents in Rural Panama: Nurses Making a Difference
Author(s):
Gamblian, Vivian C.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Vivian C. Gamblian, RN, MSN, vivian_gamblian@baylor.edu
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dehydration secondary to protracted vomiting and diarrhea can result in life threatening complications in young children, particularly those living in developing countries across the world. The World Health Organization recommends the use of ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) for management of pediatric dehydration. Dehydration in children presents a particular problem for families in rural Panama. Many rural families live more than 30 kilometers from the nearest healthcare services.  Available methods of transportation in rural Panama include walking, horseback, and intermittent taxi services. The limited or absent  transportation to healthcare facilities and licensed healthcare professionals can result in worsening dehydration along with increased morbidity and mortality for children experiencing dehydrating conditions.

In June, 2012, two Registered Nurses provided education to rural Panamanian families, regarding management of rehydration for children. Teaching focused on identification of dehydration following vomiting and diarrhea. Families were taught how to prepare the Oral Rehydration Solution in their home, using boiled and cooled water, household table salt (NaCl) and granulated sugar, in quantities measured  with the “TALC” ORS spoons, which were given to each family.  A simple information sheet, written in Spanish and with drawings depicting the measurements and instructions, was given to family members to reinforce the teaching.

Classes for rural Panamanian families were provided at the local schools, following approval by local authorities. The education was well received by the attendees and the school personnel.  Many participants expressed appreciation for the information and stated that it was previously unknown to them.

Keywords:
Rehydration; Panama; Nurses
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott
Note:
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dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleTeaching Oral Rehydration Techniques to Parents in Rural Panama: Nurses Making a Differenceen_GB
dc.contributor.authorGamblian, Vivian C.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsVivian C. Gamblian, RN, MSN, vivian_gamblian@baylor.eduen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/307949-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Sunday, November 17, 2013, Saturday, November 16, 2013</p>Dehydration secondary to protracted vomiting and diarrhea can result in life threatening complications in young children, particularly those living in developing countries across the world. The World Health Organization recommends the use of ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) for management of pediatric dehydration. Dehydration in children presents a particular problem for families in rural Panama. Many rural families live more than 30 kilometers from the nearest healthcare services.  Available methods of transportation in rural Panama include walking, horseback, and intermittent taxi services. The limited or absent  transportation to healthcare facilities and licensed healthcare professionals can result in worsening dehydration along with increased morbidity and mortality for children experiencing dehydrating conditions. <p>In June, 2012, two Registered Nurses provided education to rural Panamanian families, regarding management of rehydration for children. Teaching focused on identification of dehydration following vomiting and diarrhea. Families were taught how to prepare the Oral Rehydration Solution in their home, using boiled and cooled water, household table salt (NaCl) and granulated sugar, in quantities measured  with the “TALC” ORS spoons, which were given to each family.  A simple information sheet, written in Spanish and with drawings depicting the measurements and instructions, was given to family members to reinforce the teaching. <p>Classes for rural Panamanian families were provided at the local schools, following approval by local authorities. The education was well received by the attendees and the school personnel.  Many participants expressed appreciation for the information and stated that it was previously unknown to them.en_GB
dc.subjectRehydrationen_GB
dc.subjectPanamaen_GB
dc.subjectNursesen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:24:32Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:24:32Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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