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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107485/better-visual-outcome-by-intraocular-lens-ejection-in-geriatric-patients-with-ruptured-ocular-injuries
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Hiroki Kaneko, Tetsu Asami, Tadasu Sugita, Taichi Tsunekawa, Toshiyuki Matsuura, Kei Takayama, Kentaro Yamamoto, Shu Kachi, Yasuki Ito, Shinji Ueno, Norie Nonobe, Keiko Kataoka, Ayana Suzumura, Takeshi Iwase, Hiroko Terasaki
Ocular trauma is one of the leading causes of visual impairment worldwide. Because of the popularity of cataract surgeries, aged individuals with ocular trauma commonly have a surgical wound in their eyes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the visual outcome of cases that were coincident with intraocular lens (IOL) ejection in the eyes with ruptured open-globe ocular injuries. Consecutive patients with open-globe ocular injuries were first reviewed. Patients' characteristics, corrected distance visual acuities (CDVAs) over 3 years after the trauma, causes of injuries, traumatic wound patterns, and coexistence of retinal detachment were examined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101555/predictors-for-living-at-home-after-geriatric-inpatient-rehabilitation-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Jan Kool, Peter Oesch, Stefan Bachmann
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate patient characteristics predicting living at home after geriatric rehabilitation. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. PATIENTS: A total of 210 patients aged 65 years or older receiving inpatient rehabilitation. METHODS: Candidate predictors evaluated during rehabilitation were: age, vulnerability (Vulnerable Elders Survey), multimorbidity (Cumulative Illness Rating Scale), cognition (Mini-Mental State Examination), depression (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale), living alone, previous independence in activities of daily living, fall risk, and mobility at discharge (Timed Up and Go test)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100176/effect-of-training-and-structured-medication-review-on-medication-appropriateness-in-nursing-home-residents-and-on-cooperation-between-health-care-professionals-the-intherakt-study-protocol
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Angelika Mahlknecht, Nadja Nestler, Ulrike Bauer, Nadine Schüßler, Jochen Schuler, Sebastian Scharer, Ralf Becker, Isabel Waltering, Georg Hempel, Oliver Schwalbe, Maria Flamm, Jürgen Osterbrink
BACKGROUND: Pharmacotherapy in residents of nursing homes is critical due to the special vulnerability of this population. Medical care and interprofessional communication in nursing homes are often uncoordinated. As a consequence, polypharmacy and inappropriate medication use are common and may lead to hospitalizations and health hazards. The aim of this study is to optimize communication between the involved professional groups by specific training and by establishing a structured medication review process, and to improve medication appropriateness and patient-relevant health outcomes for residents of nursing homes...
January 18, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076861/potential-applications-of-smart-multifunctional-wearable-materials-to-gerontology
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David G Armstrong, Bijan Najafi, Mohsen Shahinpoor
Smart multifunctional materials can play a constructive role in addressing some very important aging-related issues. Aging affects the ability of older adults to continue to live safely and economically in their own residences for as long as possible. Thus, there will be a greater need for preventive, acute, rehabilitative, and long-term health care services for older adults as well as a need for tools to enable them to function independently during daily activities. The objective of this paper is, thus, to present a comprehensive review of some potential smart materials and their areas of applications to gerontology...
January 12, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068906/cherish-collaboration-for-hospitalised-elders-reducing-the-impact-of-stays-in-hospital-protocol-for-a-multi-site-improvement-program-to-reduce-geriatric-syndromes-in-older-inpatients
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Alison M Mudge, Merrilyn D Banks, Adrian G Barnett, Irene Blackberry, Nicholas Graves, Theresa Green, Gillian Harvey, Ruth E Hubbard, Sharon K Inouye, Sue Kurrle, Kwang Lim, Prue McRae, Nancye M Peel, Jessica Suna, Adrienne M Young
BACKGROUND: Older inpatients are at risk of hospital-associated geriatric syndromes including delirium, functional decline, incontinence, falls and pressure injuries. These contribute to longer hospital stays, loss of independence, and death. Effective interventions to reduce geriatric syndromes remain poorly implemented due to their complexity, and require an organised approach to change care practices and systems. Eat Walk Engage is a complex multi-component intervention with structured implementation, which has shown reduced geriatric syndromes and length of stay in pilot studies at one hospital...
January 9, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061887/treatment-in-a-geriatric-day-hospital-improve-individualized-outcome-measures-using-goal-attainment-scaling
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Paige Moorhouse, Olga Theou, Sherri Fay, Miranda McMillan, Heather Moffatt, Kenneth Rockwood
BACKGROUND: Evidence regarding outcomes in the Geriatric Day Hospital (GDH) model of care has been largely inconclusive, possibly due to measurement issues. This prospective cohort study aims to determine whether treatment in a GDH could improve individualized outcome measures using goal attainment scaling (GAS) and whether improvements are maintained 6-months post-discharge. METHODS: A total of 469 outpatients admitted to a Canadian Geriatric Day Hospital, between December 2008 and June 2011, were included in the analysis (81...
January 7, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049285/evidence-based-guidelines-for-fall-prevention-in-korea
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Kwang-Il Kim, Hye-Kyung Jung, Chang Oh Kim, Soo-Kyung Kim, Hyun-Ho Cho, Dae Yul Kim, Yong-Chan Ha, Sung-Hee Hwang, Chang Won Won, Jae-Young Lim, Hyun Jung Kim, Jae Gyu Kim
Falls and fall-related injuries are common in older populations and have negative effects on quality of life and independence. Falling is also associated with increased morbidity, mortality, nursing home admission, and medical costs. Korea has experienced an extreme demographic shift with its population aging at the fastest pace among developed countries, so it is important to assess fall risks and develop interventions for high-risk populations. Guidelines for the prevention of falls were first developed by the Korean Association of Internal Medicine and the Korean Geriatrics Society...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956058/us-and-dutch-nurse-experiences-with-fall-prevention-technology-within-nursing-home-environment-and-workflow-a-qualitative-study
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Ann E Vandenberg, Bert-Jan van Beijnum, Vera G P Overdevest, Elizabeth Capezuti, Theodore M Johnson
Falls remain a major geriatric problem, and the search for new solutions continues. We investigated how existing fall prevention technology was experienced within nursing home nurses' environment and workflow. Our NIH-funded study in an American nursing home was followed by a cultural learning exchange with a Dutch nursing home. We constructed two case reports from interview and observational data and compared the magnitude of falls, safety cultures, and technology characteristics and effectiveness. Falls were a high-magnitude problem at the US site, with a collectively vigilant safety culture attending to non-directional audible alarms; falls were a low-magnitude problem at the NL site which employed customizable, infrared sensors that directed text alerts to assigned staff members' mobile devices in patient-centered care culture...
December 9, 2016: Geriatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941328/upper-extremity-function-predicts-adverse-health-outcomes-among-older-adults-hospitalized-for-ground-level-falls
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Bellal Joseph, Nima Toosizadeh, Tahereh Orouji Jokar, Michelle R Heusser, Jane Mohler, Bijan Najafi
BACKGROUND: Despite National Surgical Quality Improvement guidelines to integrate frailty into surgical elder assessments, a quick, accurate, and simple frailty assessment tool suitable for busy clinical settings is still not available. Recently, we have demonstrated that a simple upper-extremity function (UEF) test based on wearable sensors could identify frailty with high agreement with conventional assessments by testing 20-s repetitive elbow flexion and extension. OBJECTIVE: We examined whether UEF parameters are sensitive for predicting adverse health outcomes in bedbound older adults admitted to hospital due to ground-level fall injuries...
December 10, 2016: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924216/atrial-fibrillation-management-in-older-heart-failure-patients-a-complex-clinical-problem
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Giovanni Pulignano, Donatella Del Sindaco, Maria Denitza Tinti, Stefano Tolone, Giovanni Minardi, Antonio Lax, Massimo Uguccioni
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) and heart failure (HF), two problems of growing prevalence as a consequence of the ageing population, are associated with high morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. AF and HF also share common risk factors and pathophysiologic processes such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, ischemic heart disease, and valvular heart disease often occur together. Although elderly patients with both HF and AF are affected by worse symptoms and poorer prognosis, there is a paucity of data on appropriate management of these patients...
January 2016: Heart International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913598/describing-visible-acute-injuries-development-of-a-comprehensive-taxonomy-for-research-and-practice
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Tony Rosen, Christopher Reisig, Veronica M LoFaso, Elizabeth M Bloemen, Sunday Clark, Thomas J McCarthy, Estomih P Mtui, Neal E Flomenbaum, Mark S Lachs
BACKGROUND: Little literature exists classifying and comprehensively describing intentional and unintentional acute injuries, which would be valuable for research and practice. In preparation for a study of injury patterns in elder abuse, our goal was to develop a comprehensive taxonomy of relevant types and characteristics of visible acute injuries and evaluate it in geriatric patients. METHODS: We conducted an exhaustive review of the medical and forensic literature focusing on injury types, descriptions, patterns and analyses...
December 2, 2016: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894887/ultrasound-tissue-pulsatility-imaging-suggests-impairment-in-global-brain-pulsatility-and-small-vessels-in-elderly-patients-with-orthostatic-hypotension
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Julie Biogeau, Thomas Desmidt, Paul-Armand Dujardin, Redouane Ternifi, Charlotte Eudo, Emilie Vierron, Jean-Pierre Remenieras, Frédéric Patat, Vincent Camus, Thierry Constans
BACKGROUND: Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is highly prevalent in the elderly, and this population can be exposed to serious complications, including falls and cognitive disorders, as well as overall mortality. However, the pathophysiology of OH is still poorly understood, and innovative methods of cerebral blood flow (CBF) assessment have been required to accurately investigate cerebrovascular reactivity in OH. OBJECTIVES: We want to compare brain tissue pulsatility (BTP) changes during an orthostatic challenge in elderly patients over 80 with and without OH...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889266/the-effect-anticoagulation-status-on-geriatric-fall-trauma-patients
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Julia Coleman, Mustafa Baldawi, David Heidt
BACKGROUND: This research study aims to identify the effect of anticoagulation status on hospital course, complications, and outcomes among geriatric fall trauma patients. METHODS: The study design is a retrospective cohort study, looking at fall trauma among patients aged 60 to 80 years from 2009 to 2013 at a university hospital in the United States. The statistical analysis, conducted with SPSS software with a threshold for statistical significance of P < ...
December 2016: American Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868320/predictors-of-rehospitalization-among-older-adults-results-of-the-crime-study
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Federica Sganga, Francesco Landi, Stefano Volpato, Antonio Cherubini, Carmelinda Ruggiero, Andrea Corsonello, Paolo Fabbietti, Fabrizia Lattanzio, Ester Manes Gravina, Roberto Bernabei, Graziano Onder
AIM: To assess the predictors of readmission among older adults hospitalized in acute care wards. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was carried out among 921 hospitalized older adults participating in the CRiteria to Assess Appropriate Medication Use among Elderly Complex Patients (CRIME) project. The primary outcome of the study was rehospitalization within 1 year after discharge from acute care hospitals. We assessed the participants with a questionnaire including 350 items about demographic, social and clinical characteristics...
November 21, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828887/comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-for-trauma-operationalizing-the-trauma-quality-improvement-program-directive
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Stephanie Devore, Sara E Parli, Douglas R Oyler, Andrew Bernard
Elderly patients are the fastest growing trauma demographic and present some of the most complicated clinical challenges. This feasibility study employed observational data from a geriatric cohort. Comprehensive geriatric assessments (CGAs) were performed biweekly on eligible patients, 65 years or older, who met screening criteria. Mobility, activities of daily living impairment, frailty, and depression were screened and documented, and along with summative recommendations, were entered into the medical record, communicated to the patient's primary care provider, and discussed with family...
November 2016: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27823938/are-triage-questions-sufficient-to-assign-fall-risk-precautions-in-the-ed
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Lauren T Southerland, Lauren Slattery, Joseph A Rosenthal, Deborah Kegelmeyer, Anne Kloos
OBJECTIVES: The American College of Emergency Physicians Geriatric Emergency Department (ED) Guidelines and the Center for Disease Control recommend that older adults be assessed for risk of falls. The standard ED assessment is a verbal query of fall risk factors, which may be inadequate. We hypothesized that the addition of a functional balance test endorsed by the Center for Disease Control Stop Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries Falls Prevention Guidelines, the 4-Stage Balance Test (4SBT), would improve the detection of patients at risk for falls...
October 17, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822120/national-database-of-geriatrics
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REVIEW
Pia Nimann Kannegaard, Kirsten L Vinding, Helle Hare-Bruun
AIM OF DATABASE: The aim of the National Database of Geriatrics is to monitor the quality of interdisciplinary diagnostics and treatment of patients admitted to a geriatric hospital unit. STUDY POPULATION: The database population consists of patients who were admitted to a geriatric hospital unit. Geriatric patients cannot be defined by specific diagnoses. A geriatric patient is typically a frail multimorbid elderly patient with decreasing functional ability and social challenges...
2016: Clinical Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822023/inappropriate-nutrients-intake-is-associated-with-lower-functional-status-and-inferior-quality-of-life-in-older-adults-with-depression
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Agnieszka Guligowska, Małgorzata Pigłowska, Elizaveta Fife, Joanna Kostka, Bartłomiej K Sołtysik, Łukasz Kroc, Tomasz Kostka
OBJECTIVES: The study is a case-control analysis of whether depression impairs physical and cognitive functioning and quality of life, and whether there is a relationship between nutrient deficiencies and these adverse changes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 130 older subjects participated in the study: 65 with diagnosed depression (16 men and 49 women) and 65 age- and sex-matched controls without depression. All patients underwent comprehensive geriatric assessment...
2016: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761112/hospitalizations-due-to-adverse-drug-events-in-the-elderly-a-retrospective-register-study
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Outi Laatikainen, Sami Sneck, Risto Bloigu, Minna Lahtinen, Timo Lauri, Miia Turpeinen
Adverse drug events (ADEs) are more likely to affect geriatric patients due to physiological changes occurring with aging. Even though this is an internationally recognized problem, similar research data in Finland is still lacking. The aim of this study was to determine the number of geriatric medication-related hospitalizations in the Finnish patient population and to discover the potential means of recognizing patients particularly at risk of ADEs. The study was conducted retrospectively from the 2014 emergency department patient records in Oulu University Hospital...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747833/potentially-inappropriate-medications-in-elderly-haemodialysis-patients-using-the-stopp-criteria
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Krystina Parker, Willy Aasebø, Knut Stavem
BACKGROUND: Polypharmacy is commonly applied to elderly haemodialysis patients for treating terminal renal failure and multiple co-morbidities. Potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) in multidrug regimens in geriatric populations can be identified using specially designed screening tools. OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to estimate the prevalence of PIMs by applying the Screening Tool of Older Persons' Prescriptions (STOPP) criteria and the Beers criteria to elderly haemodialysis patients and to assess the association of some risk factors with the presence of PIMs...
September 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
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