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Nursing Older People

Sheryll Lat, Wendy Mashlan, Susan Heffey, Bridie Jones
Sepsis is a common condition caused by the body's immune and coagulation systems being 'switched on' by the presence of infection, either through bacteria or viruses in the blood. If untreated, sepsis can be life-threatening and is a leading cause of death in hospital patients worldwide. However, awareness of sepsis is low. This article provides an overview of the important role played by nurses in acute hospital settings in the early identification and treatment of suspected sepsis in frail older patients, and in escalating the care and management of deteriorating patients...
February 26, 2018: Nursing Older People
Lindsay Fitzpatrick
Hospital stays can have significant negative effects for people with dementia. This article explores methods of improving dementia care in general hospital wards. Taking its starting point as the importance of person-centred care, it explores ways of improving the ward environment, meaningful activities, personal history work, involving carers, and identifying and treating delirium. Practical strategies are suggested in each of these areas. The article acknowledges that implementing change can be challenging in NHS settings where wards are understaffed, and time is precious...
February 26, 2018: Nursing Older People
Aine McAnulla, Bernie Reid, Malgorzata Zieba
Public health is the responsibility of every nurse and nursing practice should adopt a life course approach to the promotion of health and well-being. This approach requires a renewed focus on health promotion interventions aimed at older people, including those resident in nursing homes. The oral health status of older people in nursing homes has been reported as suboptimal, predisposing them to poorer health-related quality of life. Interventions focusing on knowledge and behaviours related to oral health management for nurses, other caregivers and older people have the potential to improve the provision of oral care...
February 26, 2018: Nursing Older People
Sarah Penney, Assumpta Ryan
AIM: To explore the effect of the My Home Life 12-month leadership support programme on care home managers' leadership skills and professional development, and their relationships with staff, residents and relatives. METHOD: A qualitative study of 15 care home managers was undertaken, using focus groups to explore the study's aims and objectives. Data were analysed using Colaizzi's phenomenological method. FINDINGS: The leadership support programme enabled managers to develop their leadership skills, which had a positive effect for them and for their relationships with staff, residents and relatives...
January 29, 2018: Nursing Older People
Sharron Tolman, Karen Harrison Dening
The presence of pain in a person with dementia can often be missed. The diagnosis of dementia can overshadow the pain-inducing symptoms of other co-morbid conditions with distress behaviours being attributed to the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. Such distress behaviours of a person with dementia often have a profound and alarming effect on family carers. This Admiral Nurse case study explores the assessment and management of pain in a person with dementia in partnership with the family carer...
January 29, 2018: Nursing Older People
Sue Tiplady, Juliana Thompson, Carole Proud
If high-quality, person-centred care is to be provided for older people with complex needs, it is essential that nurse education should aim to extend students' knowledge and skills in longterm care, and integrated health and social care. Northumbria University, local care homes and NHS organisations have collaborated to develop integrated, cross-sector practice placements that support this learning for nursing students. While there have been challenges in developing these placements, initial feedback is positive, suggesting the placements promote improved interorganisational working and learning for staff as well as students...
January 29, 2018: Nursing Older People
Elizabeth Graham, Sadie Campbell
AIM: To develop an education and partnership programme between the trust and nursing home staff in Northern Ireland. METHODS: Twenty care home nurse champions participated in a bespoke Responsive Education and Collaborative Health programme provided by the trust. The trust's practice development facilitator supported care home staff to develop clinical competencies while observing residents' emergency department (ED) attendance trends. RESULTS: After introduction of the programme, avoidable ED attendances were reduced by 31% ( n =309) compared with the previous year, cost per capita was reduced by £314,340, reliance on community nursing was reduced, and the health and experience of the care home population were improved...
November 30, 2017: Nursing Older People
Katherine Curtis, Kyle Price
Digital health technology (DHT) encompasses a wide range of applications and interventions with the potential to address the health needs of an increasingly ageing population. Older people's engagement with DHT depends on many factors, and this article summarises understanding of the barriers and facilitators to DHT uptake and continued use among older people. Older people's confidence in using digital technology, their perceptions of personal benefit from DHT, its design, and the support they receive from health professionals and carers in using DHT all affect their level of engagement...
November 30, 2017: Nursing Older People
Ben J Steel
Acute hospital admission provides an excellent opportunity to address poor oral health in older people, a group rarely seen by dental professionals and for who oral health activity in hospital is inconsistent and generally suboptimal. This two-part article explores oral hygiene and mouth care provision for older adults in acute hospitals. The first article presented the findings of a literature review exploring oral and dental disease in older adults, the importance of good oral health and mouth care, and the current situation...
November 30, 2017: Nursing Older People
Angela Telford
Pain is a diverse, individual experience and is associated with distress and suffering. Uncontrolled acute pain has been linked to delayed recovery and prolonged hospital stay. Nurses have a duty of care to their patients and acute pain management is integral to this. However, acute pain in older people can be difficult to manage, often because of under-reporting or difficulties in assessment. Older people have altered physiology often compounded by multiple co-morbidities and polypharmacy, all of which affect the appropriateness of, and available, pharmacological pain management strategies...
October 31, 2017: Nursing Older People
Ben J Steel
The oral health of older people in acute hospitals has rarely been studied. Hospital admission provides a prime opportunity for identification and rectification of problems, and oral health promotion. This two-part article explores oral hygiene and mouth care provision for older adults in acute hospitals. The first article presents the findings of a literature review exploring oral and dental disease in older adults, the importance of good oral health and mouth care, and the current situation. Searches of electronic databases and the websites of relevant professional health service bodies in the UK were undertaken to identify articles and guidelines...
October 31, 2017: Nursing Older People
Nicola Wood, Yvonne Cairns, Barbara Sharp
In November 2015 it became apparent that a person with dementia's journey through the acute hospital was not always as streamlined as it should have been. There was evidence of late and multiple inter-ward transfers for this patient group that could potentially have a detrimental effect on individuals' and carers' well-being. The aim of this project was to examine current processes around patient flow and decision-making, explore any themes arising and identify opportunities for improving transitions of care...
October 31, 2017: Nursing Older People
Kathryn Van Ravenstein, Boyd Davis
BACKGROUND: Ageing in place (AIP) is the ability to live in one's home and community independently, despite age, ability level or income. AIM: To elicit knowledge and feelings about AIP from low-income older adults relocated to low-income housing. METHOD: Nursing students, supervised by nursing faculty trained in research, conducted semi-structured interviews about AIP with volunteer residents living in a low-income apartment complex in the southern US...
September 29, 2017: Nursing Older People
Vicki Leah, Julie Combes, Madeline McMillan, Lydia Russell, Kirsty McCune
This article describes the development of a simulation training day for multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) working on acute adult wards with the aim of improving their confidence in supporting people with dementia who are distressed. Recommendations are made for those who may be interested in delivering simulation training in their area of practice. Registered nurses, non-registered support workers and occupational therapists experienced in dementia care took part in a one-day simulation training pilot session that included three 'skill stations' with three patient simulation scenarios...
September 29, 2017: Nursing Older People
Shelagh O'Riordan, Naomi Vasilakis, Labib Hussain, Rowena Schoo, Julie Whitney, Julie Windsor, Khim Horton, Finbarr Martin
Measuring lying and standing blood pressure (BP) is an important clinical observation in older hospital inpatients. This is because a drop in BP on standing, known as orthostatic hypotension (OH) is common in older people and in acute illness and, therefore, in hospital patients. OH increases the risk of a fall in hospital. Simple measures such as changes in medication or rehydration can reduce this drop in BP and reduce the risk of falls. In a recent snapshot audit in England and Wales of 179 acute hospitals and 4,846 patients aged 65 years and over admitted with an acute illness, only 16% had a lying and standing BP recorded within 48 hours...
September 29, 2017: Nursing Older People
Penny Allen
The benefits of arts interventions to improve the health and well-being of older people are well proven, with national guidance highlighting their use in outstanding services.
August 31, 2017: Nursing Older People
Erin Dean
Essential facts Gout is the most common cause of inflammatory arthritis worldwide. Incidence and severity is increasing in the UK, with about 2.5% of the population affected.
August 31, 2017: Nursing Older People
Helen Knight
As clinical and operations director at East Cheshire Hospice I see the complex and sensitive discussions that my staff have with patients and their loved ones every day.
August 31, 2017: Nursing Older People
Elizabeth Champion
The aim of this project was to identify the support required by registered nurses and unregistered healthcare support workers to provide palliative care for people with dementia in an acute hospital in England. A quantitative approach was taken and participants were asked to fill in a questionnaire. Data were collated and analysed to identify support needs and any emerging themes. Respondents were confident in identifying the different stages of dementia. There was less confidence in identifying a patient with dementia for palliative care referral compared with a patient without dementia...
August 31, 2017: Nursing Older People
Layla Haidrani
What is your job? I am nurse consultant for older people in acute care at NHS Fife in Scotland, where I lead on improving care, transitions and experience and service transformation. I am also national clinical lead for older people at Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS).
August 31, 2017: Nursing Older People
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