Bruising Beware! We all hate to see it, but the truth is, it happens. Promising that there will never be bruising is just not wise or realistic. In our first blog about Occlusion Management basics, I discuss the importance of a team approach to addressing complications.
The ethical considerations for dealing with Occlusion Management combined with a team approach can make a big difference in the long-term effects of that complication. Staying true to these ethical principles will go a long way in supporting your practice, client, and your team.
Forget the Blame Game
When a complication arises, remember it is a complex facet of reasons why it happens. It is NOT related to the injector’s age, wisdom or experience. Remember, it is not if it happens. It is when. It happens to everyone.
Be Upfront and Transparent
Make sure your client knows that they should call you if there is an onset of bruising that occurs. Sometimes it may happen days later, and they are still your client. No one should feel shamed or dismissed to contact you regarding later bruising. It is imperative that any side effects or bruising are documented for future use. During the appointment or afterward, ensure your NP gets notified with photos and protocols as soon as possible.
Supportive medication based on the affected surface area and the degree of involvement should be decided on by your NP. They will help you provide the correct dosage for treatment. Don’t aim to do this on your own.
Stay in your Lane
You are a talented expert with artistic skills. When bruising occurs, it is understandable and natural to try to assess and handle the situation. However, remember your role and abiding within your role is critical in treating your client. These four guidelines are crucial to this principle. If you are an RN or RPN, you cannot respond to occlusions on your own. Collaboration with a medical director is required for:
Diagnosing a complication
Directing a course of action
Delegating tasks or strategies to others
With robust bruising protocols in place, bruising is controllable and manageable. However, you are not in this alone. And you don’t want to be.
Our refresher courses and injector courses do so well because we want to avoid problems and issues that challenge the trust our clients have in us and the results of our work.
Occlusion Management is more than bruising. It is the ethical commitment to allow clients to trust we have prepared best for every situation and will be qualified to address any problems along the way.
If you want to build your confidence and refine your practice in the event of Occlusion Management, we have courses ready to help you! Reach out! It’s a team challenge and it is ethically necessary to be prepared for it when it occurs.