Taking care of people with HIV is not something easy, both physically and mentally. You need a lot of effort to help them overcome their emotional turmoil and also your feelings about fear of the spread of HIV. With the following tips, you can treat not only HIV patients, but yourself.
Tips for treating HIV patients
Learn about HIV
To care for people with HIV, the first thing you need to do is to understand correctly about HIV in order to be a good nurse and protect yourself. You must begin to forget fear when you are near the patient. To treat patients, you must learn a number of facts about HIV. Dig up as much information as possible from reputable organizations such as the Red Cross, Visiting Nurse Association, HIV /AIDS service organizations, regional health departments, or community aid agencies around your area that can help in special cases. However, you need to sort out forums or sites that have been verified by experts. If you have enriched yourself with information about HIV, you can handle all situations easily.
Invite to confide, but don't force
Don't be afraid to talk to patients about their illness. Talk and invite them to share so you can understand their condition. Be near patients to be able to find out more about their health status so far and also their feelings. In this way, you can find more different ways to help them. If the topic of the chat makes HIV patients feel uncomfortable, change the topic. Sometimes, sitting together in silence and enjoying the atmosphere is also a good way to show empathy.
Enough for nutritional needs
The health condition of people with HIV is not good at all. Patients need to consume more healthy food for the body's activities to take place. The disease also cannot improve without adequate healthy food. A healthy diet that is rich in nutrients and nutrition, fiber and fluids is the most important thing for patients. So, it is better to first consult a doctor or nutritionist to get the right diet for HIV patients.
Special attention is also needed in preparing food for HIV patients, with food safety and cleanliness being the main factor. Make sure the hands, cooking utensils, and surfaces to prepare food are always clean and sterile. Wash all fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, and limit your intake of uncooked seafood, raw eggs, fatty, fried or spicy foods. If the patient experiences symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, take it to the doctor for treatment.
If you cannot deal with a situation alone, or you are unsure about your safety when helping HIV sufferers, you should contact your doctor as your own protection. Remember that HIV is an infectious disease, if you are not careful, you can get it from the patient.
People around you and the doctor will give you help. Help at home is very important. The more that helps, the better you are protected
Take care of your health
You can't take care of someone if you don't have a healthy body. You must maintain your own health to prevent fatigue. To treat HIV patients better, you also need to get enough rest. Exercising can help you relax your mind and muscles, and strengthen your immune system. Besides being a nurse for someone with special needs, you also need to take time off to pamper yourself. Don't miss your hobby. Caring for others is a difficult job and can cause stress, so you need to enjoy your own life and take good care of your own health.
As nurses of HIV patients, your daily task is to help them fight disease, and change their outlook to be more positive towards life. Whenever you feel fear, worry, anxiety or stress, talk to your doctor or other people so that you can deal with negative emotions as soon as possible, and return to treating HIV patients as well as possible.
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