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How can I communicate risk to travellers in a non-threatening manner?

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  • Article:  Simons H et al (2012) Travel risk assessment and risk management. Nursing Times; 108: 20, 14-16.
  • Author:  Authors Hilary Simons is senior specialist nurse (travel health); Claire S Wong is specialist nurse (travel health); both at National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine; Alexandra Stillwell is specialist nurse (travel health), National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), University College Hospital, London.

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • Common reasons for travel
  • Factors about the patient and about the journey to consider during risk assessment
  • Groups of individuals at higher risk for travelling
  • Guidance for risk communication and planning an individual’s risk-management strategy

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

  • Traveling
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL TO ME?

Since “about 57 million UK residents travelled abroad in the 12-month period to December 2011,” this article presents useful information for a significant portion of the population.  It is useful as a comprehensive introduction to risk assessment and management, especially as it focuses on guidance for health professionals in performing these processes in an individualised manner.

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • What risk management strategies can I communicate to higher risk travellers like pregnant women, the elderly or young men?
  • If a higher risk traveller expresses the desire to engage in high-risk activities, how can I communicate risk management in a non-threatening manner?

STUDENT NT DECODER

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis: a common travel health risk in the elderly in which a clot forms in a deep vein.  This clot can become dislodged and travel to another part of the body, like the lungs. 
  • Risk assessment: Risk assessment is the determination of the level of risk from a potential hazard.
  • Expatriate: an individual who has decided to leave his or her country in order to live long-term in another country.
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