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A vulnerable population: multiproblem older adults in acute care.

Authors
  • Tappen, R M
  • Beckerman, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of gerontological nursing
Publication Date
Nov 01, 1993
Volume
19
Issue
11
Pages
38–42
Identifiers
PMID: 8245399
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

1. The older patient has unique needs and vulnerabilities that pose a challenge to nursing. 2. Excess nosocomial infections, incontinence, confusion, activity limitations, skin breakdown, and increased posthospitalization mortality are potential negative outcomes of older adult hospitalization. 3. There is some evidence of age bias in clinical decisions made regarding the older patient. 4. Additional preparation in gerontological nursing, increased sensitization to the needs of older patients, more specialized units, and greater emphasis on basic needs in the acute care setting are necessary to enhance quality nursing care for the frail older patient.

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