Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Clinical Procedure Manual?
The VNAA Clinical Procedure Manual (CPM) is a comprehensive evidence-based manual offering step-by-step explanations and instructions for common procedures for nurses in home health and hospice care. VNAA's 19th Edition CPM details more than 300 procedures. It is designed to assist multidisciplinary home health and hospice agencies to competently and consistently deliver patient-centered, safe, efficient care. The VNAA's CPM is the only manual that offers expert guidance specifically for home health and hospice care.
Who wrote it?
More than 50 experts representing a range of clinical disciplines that support home health contributed to the 19th Edition of the VNAA CPM.
Who uses it, and how is it used?
The VNAA CPM is used by agencies and individuals in home health, hospice and palliative care who understand the importance of following standards-based methods and implementing best practices. The CPM is also used by businesses and organizations that provide a product or service promoting home health, hospice or community health services. Clinical degree programs and state associations related to home health care also use the CPM as a teaching and clinical care reference.
Why does it need to be updated so frequently?
The VNAA CPM is updated every two years to represent the most current procedures and best practices. The health care environment is never static and procedures require frequent review and revision. Changes in technology, regulatory requirements and home health and hospice practice require new and/or updated procedures.
Why a CPM specifically for home health and hospice?
Home health is a unique care setting, requiring a generalist's mindset and a specialist's capabilities. Home health and hospice clinicians must demonstrate competency across a broad spectrum of activities, and they must confidently perform tasks outside a typical clinical setting. The VNAA CPM places targeted approaches and action steps at the practitioner's fingertips. It also features patient engagement prompts, tips for documentation and recommendations for care coordination follow through.
What is different in this edition?
The 19th edition includes the following:
- Traditional print edition and NEW digital edition
- NEW easy-to-read, intuitive format for 300+ procedures
- Updated procedures illuminated by the latest research, evidence and guidance affecting care delivery
- Key points spotlighted and developed to promote critical thinking and robust clinical judgment
- Expanded documentation sections outlining exactly what should be documented to standardize and improve clinicians' care and track quality improvement
- Patient tools and education resources, with direct links to the VNAA Blueprint for Excellence learning and best practices resources.
It also includes new procedures in the following categories:
- New Technologies, including LVAD, Interventional Radiology tubes, regional anesthesia pumps, external defibrillators (vests), insulin pens and pumps and bladder scanner
- Cardiology, including assessment and management of heart failure and sternal precautions
- Genitourinary, including troubleshooting catheters
- Hospice and palliative care, including nausea and vomiting, catastrophic bleed and palliative wound care
- Infection control, including bed bugs
- Maternal child procedures, including at-risk assessments , breastfeeding and newborn safety, aligning with new Affordable Care Act programs
- Mental health, including assessment and management of depression and dementia's behavioral symptoms
- Musculoskeletal/personal care, including attention to safe patient handling techniques.
What formats does the CPM come in?
The VNAA CPM comes in both printed and digital versions, available through the VNAA's e-store. Each purchase includes a paper version, presented in a three-inch, three-ring binder. The digital version can be downloaded in its entirety so it's always accessible, with or without an Internet connection.
Can I read it on a tablet device?
The 19th edition is optimized for instant access on an Apple iPad or iPhone.
How do I receive a digital copy?
Digital copies of VNAA's CPM are accessible via usernames and passwords given at the time of purchase. VNAA will distribute the usernames and passwords in accordance with the number of licenses selected.
What if I don't have access to the Internet in the field?
After purchasing the CPM, the digital copy can be accessed and downloaded to your device so it's accessible at all times, even without Internet access.
Do VNAA members receive a discount?
VNAA members receive a significant discount (approximately 60 percent) when purchasing VNAA's CPM.
How does pricing work?
Licensing packages are specifically designed to meet the needs of agencies of any size, as well as smaller agencies and individuals. Each package includes one paper copy of the manual and a varying number of digital licenses. Additional paper manuals may be added to your order or may be ordered separately at any time.
Who do I contact to learn more?
Contact VNAA at email@example.com, or call 571-527-1534
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