Improving Patient Outcomes for the Intellectually & Developmentally Disabled

On This Episode:

In this week’s episode of Beyond the Mask, we tackle a topic that is sometimes overlooked and deserves more attention: the care of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities: the care of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dr. Virginia Londahl Ramsey, DNAP, CRNA, APRN, CHSE, Fellow, Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability (GIDDN) has dedicated her career to improving patient outcomes and raising awareness about the unique challenges facing this underserved community, and today’s show will help all nurse anesthetists provide better care.

Guest host Tracy Castleman, DNP, CRNA, APN-A, FAANA joins us today as we welcome on this special guest. Ginny currently serves as the program director for Florida Gulf Coast University. Before that she worked in education in New Jersey and Pennsylvania so her passion for education is extensive. The insights she provides in this show are eye-opening and incredibly help for all CRNAS.

From exploring the shocking statistics on healthcare distrust to practical steps for better patient care, we hope you get as much out of this show as we did.

 

Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:

  • Why people with disabilities don’t have the same level of trust with nurses that most people do.
  • Healthcare access and inequality for individuals with disabilities.
  • The differences in care for these patients and the best approach to take for anesthesiologists.
  • Ways that we can improve anesthesia care for these patients.
  • The different complexities like patient advocacy and sensory concerns.

 

Connect with Ginny: londahlramsey@fgcu.edu

Learn more about GIDDN: http://www.golisanofoundation.org/Golisano-Foundation/About/About.aspx

Donate to Our Heart Your Hands here: https://www.ourheartsyourhands.org/donate 

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“It ​was ​quite ​shocking ​when ​I ​started ​this ​project ​(to find out) that ​people ​with ​intellectual ​disability ​or ​people ​with ​disability really ​don’t ​trust ​healthcare ​providers. ​And ​that ​is ​quite ​shocking ​to ​me ​because ​we ​were ​just ​voted ​the ​most ​trusted ​profession ​for, ​I ​guess, ​20 ​some ​years ​in ​a ​row. ​So ​I ​guess ​I ​take ​that ​for ​granted, ​but ​it’s ​not ​always ​true ​with ​every ​population ​of people.”

– Dr. Virginia Londahl Ramsey


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