Public Health Intervention

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Public Health Intervention: Strategies of Engaging with the Community

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Public Health Intervention: Strategies of Engaging with the Community

The study is related to the public health intervention that involves the strategies of engaging with the community. The community needs the public health nurse to identify community health issues and be able to address the issues. The public health nurse develops nursing care plans not just for individuals; a care plan that addresses how the community can prevent health issues (Smith, 2003, 683). The purpose of this paper is to identify strategies of engaging with the community in context of public health intervention which focuses on the stroke as a community health issue related to some of the healthy people. The paper will also identify the vulnerable population affected by strokes and include an explanation of their vulnerability.

Stroke is a disease that affects the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or ruptures. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United Kingdom, killing 160,000 people each year, and is the leading cause of adult disability. Stroke is not a health indicator, yet three of the health indicators are directly related to strokes. Physical activity, overweight and obesity, and tobacco use are three of the 10 health indicators that identified as the leading health indicators that reflect the major health concerns in the United Kingdom.

A stroke is considered an emergency because if not treated within three to four hours, brain damage occurs. About 80% of strokes are caused by blood clots that cut off the brains' oxygen supply, called ischemic stroke. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die after a stroke. The treatment for ischemic stroke is the use of a powerful thrombolytic; unfortunately, the thrombolytic must be given within three hours of stroke symptom onset. A patient suffering from a stroke must arrive to a primary stroke center immediately.

As a primary stroke center, communities treat many patients suffering from a stroke during and after the stroke (USPDI Updates, 2012). The organization, not only cares for the patient during the admission but also follows up to make sure that the proper post admission care is followed including physical therapy and neurology doctor visits. The majority of the patients suffering from a stroke; ignore the signs and symptoms of a stroke ...
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