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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717977/-challenges-of-implementing-a-geriatric-trauma-network-a-regional-structure
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Carsten Schoeneberg, Bjoern Hussmann, Thomas Wesemann, Ludger Pientka, Marie-Christin Vollmar, Christine Bienek, Markus Steinmann, Benjamin Buecking, Sven Lendemans
BACKGROUND: At present, there is a high percentage and increasing tendency of patients presenting with orthogeriatric injuries. Moreover, significant comorbidities often exist, requiring increased interdisciplinary treatment. These developments have led the German Society of Trauma Surgery, in cooperation with the German Society of Geriatrics, to establish geriatric trauma centers. METHODS: As a conglomerate hospital at two locations, we are cooperating with two external geriatric clinics...
July 17, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717918/-syncope-falls-and-vertigo
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REVIEW
C Weingart, H-J Schneider, C C Sieber
Dizziness/vertigo, falls and syncope are among the most common reasons for seeking medical care. As clinical entities they share common pathogenetic and clinical features and differences. The diagnostic work-up can often be initiated in a general practitioner's or internist's practice and, if necessary, completed in an interdisciplinary emergency unit. Simple diagnostic tools can be used in an outpatient setting to obtain valuable diagnostic information. First and foremost, it is important to differentiate between prognostically favorable clinical events and potentially serious disease...
July 17, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716375/aging-and-post-intensive-care-syndrome-a-critical-need-for-geriatric-psychiatry
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REVIEW
Sophia Wang, Duane Allen, You Na Kheir, Noll Campbell, Babar Khan
Because of the aging of the intensive care unit (ICU) population and an improvement in survival rates after ICU hospitalization, an increasing number of older adults are suffering from long-term impairments because of critical illness, known as post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). This article focuses on PICS-related cognitive, psychological, and physical impairments and the impact of ICU hospitalization on families and caregivers. The authors also describe innovative models of care for PICS and what roles geriatric psychiatrists could play in the future of this rapidly growing population...
June 1, 2017: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716256/post-stroke-depression-in-ghana-characteristics-and-correlates
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Fred Stephen Sarfo, Carolyn Jenkins, Arti Singh, Mayowa Owolabi, Akin Ojagbemi, Nathaniel Adusei, Raelle Saulson, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: Poststroke depression (PSD) is prevalent and is an important determinant of functional recovery, quality of life and mortality after stroke. Scanty data on the nature of PSD among stroke survivors in sub-Saharan Africa prompted this study. OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence and predictors of depression in a convenience sample of Ghanaian stroke survivors. METHODS: We evaluated consecutive stroke survivors encountered at a comprehensive neurology clinic in a tertiary medical center in Ghana...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713296/affective-and-engagement-issues-in-the-conception-and-assessment-of-a-robot-assisted-psychomotor-therapy-for-persons-with-dementia
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Natacha Rouaix, Laure Retru-Chavastel, Anne-Sophie Rigaud, Clotilde Monnet, Hermine Lenoir, Maribel Pino
The interest in robot-assisted therapies (RAT) for dementia care has grown steadily in recent years. However, RAT using humanoid robots is still a novel practice for which the adhesion mechanisms, indications and benefits remain unclear. Also, little is known about how the robot's behavioral and affective style might promote engagement of persons with dementia (PwD) in RAT. The present study sought to investigate the use of a humanoid robot in a psychomotor therapy for PwD. We examined the robot's potential to engage participants in the intervention and its effect on their emotional state...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711131/care-of-special-populations-in-an-observation-unit-pediatrics-and-geriatrics
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REVIEW
Sharon E Mace
Infants and children and the elderly comprise a large and growing (especially the elderly) segment of the US population. The benefits of observation medicine have been documented in these two age groups: Based on the success of observation medicine, and recognizing the growth of these special populations, it is likely that observation medicine will be expanding in the future, especially within the pediatric and geriatric populations. Future studies should be able to provide further evidence regarding the value of observation medicine in these two diverse population age groups...
August 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699223/outcomes-of-head-and-neck-cancer-surgery-in-the-geriatric-population-based-on-case-volume-at-academic-centers
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Scharukh Jalisi, Samuel J Rubin, Kevin Y Wu, Diana N Kirke
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Evaluate the impact of case volume and other variables on cost and mortality after head and neck oncologic surgery in the geriatric population. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. METHODS: The Vizient database was accessed for data on geriatric patients (age ≥65 years) who underwent surgery for head and neck cancers (excluding thyroid and skin cancer) at full member academic medical centers between 2009 and 2012. Multivariate, linear regression analyses, χ(2) tests, and analysis of variance were applied to evaluate significant associations between hospital case volume and independent variables including cost, cost index, mortality, mortality index, length of stay, length of stay index, and readmission rates...
July 12, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698343/protocol-for-an-observational-study-of-delirium-in-the-post-anaesthesia-care-unit-pacu-as-a-potential-predictor-of-subsequent-postoperative-delirium
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Victoria Cui, Catherine M Tedeschi, Vanessa L Kronzer, Sherry L McKinnon, Michael S Avidan
INTRODUCTION: Postoperative delirium can be a serious consequence of major surgery, associated with longer hospital stays, readmission, cognitive and functional deterioration and mortality. Delirium is an acute, reversible disorder characterised by fluctuating course, inattention, disorganised thinking and altered level of consciousness. Delirium occurring in the hours immediately following anaesthesia and delirium occurring in the postoperative period of 1-5 days have been described as distinct clinical entities...
July 10, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697926/health-literacy-and-health-outcomes-in-very-old-patients-with-heart-failure
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Rocío León-González, Esther García-Esquinas, Emilio Paredes-Galán, Ana Isabel Ferrero-Martínez, José-Luis González-Guerrero, Mercedes Hornillos-Calvo, Rocío Menéndez-Colino, Ivett Torres-Torres, María Concepción Galán, Marta Torrente-Carballido, Mayte Olzcoz-Chiva, Carlos Rodríguez-Pascual, Fernando Rodríguez-Artalejo
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Health literacy (HL) has been associated with lower mortality in heart failure (HF). However, the results of previous studies may not be generalizable because the research was conducted in relatively young and highly-educated patients in United States settings. This study assessed the association of HL with disease knowledge, self-care, and all-cause mortality among very old patients, with a very low educational level. METHODS: This prospective study was performed in 556 patients (mean age, 85 years), with high comorbidity, admitted for HF to the geriatric acute-care unit of 6 hospitals in Spain...
July 8, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694691/assessment-of-renal-function-in-geriatric-palliative-care-patients-comparison-of-creatinine-based-estimation-equations
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Ewa Deskur-Smielecka, Aleksandra Kotlinska-Lemieszek, Jerzy Chudek, Katarzyna Wieczorowska-Tobis
BACKGROUND: Renal function impairment is common in geriatric palliative care patients. Accurate assessment of renal function is necessary for appropriate drug dosage. Several equations are used to estimate kidney function. AIMS: 1) To investigate the differences (Δ) in kidney function assessed with simplified Modifi-cation of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD), Berlin Initiative Study (BIS1), and Cockcroft-Gault (C-G) formulas in geriatric palliative care patients, and 2) to assess factors that may influence these differences...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692621/challenges-in-the-management-of-geriatric-trauma-a-case-report
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Ashley Gaebel, Megan Keiser
This article describes geriatric trauma and commonly associated difficulties emphasizing both the epidemiology and assessment of geriatric trauma. There is little data guiding decisions for trauma patients 65 years or older, as there are many unique characteristics to the geriatric population, including comorbidities, medications, and the aging physiology. The geriatric population in the United States has been steadily climbing for the last 20 years and is projected to continue on this trend. Although each patient presents differently, there remains a need for the consistent utilization of standard guidelines to help dictate care for geriatric patients, particularly for patients not receiving care at a trauma center...
July 2017: Journal of Trauma Nursing: the Official Journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688080/the-italian-version-of-the-frailty-index-based-on-deficits-in-health-a-validation-study
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Pasquale Abete, Claudia Basile, Giulia Bulli, Francesco Curcio, Ilaria Liguori, David Della-Morte, Gaetano Gargiulo, Assunta Langellotto, Gianluca Testa, Gianluigi Galizia, Domenico Bonaduce, Francesco Cacciatore
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Several measurements were taken for frailty classification in geriatric population. "Frailty index" is based on "deficits in health," but it is still not available in Italian version. Thus, the aim of the present work was to validate a version of "frailty index" for the Italian geriatric community. METHODS: The validation of Italian frailty index (IFi) is based on a cohort study that enrolled 1077 non-disabled outpatients aged 65 years or older (81...
July 7, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687130/-training-and-action-research-in-a-short-stay-geriatric-oncology-unit
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Christine Charniot, Florence Berchouchi, Claire Marchand, Rémi Gagnayre, Georges Sebbane, Frédéric Pamoukdjian
A participative action research project was undertaken in a geriatric oncology hospital unit. It resulted in the training of paramedical staff regarding the specific care to be provided to elderly people with cancer.
July 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687129/-from-dependency-to-autonomy-a-geriatric-pathway
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Antoine Iglesias, Florence Da Costa Ribeiro, Maryse Pedra, Marie-Christine Chassaigne, Caroline Berbon
Preventing dependency is essential in our ageing society. One of its components is the avoidable dependency which develops during a period of hospitalisation. Caregivers play an important role in helping the elderly person regain their autonomy. Various actions have been undertaken on this theme within the gerontology unit of Toulouse university hospital, including the creation of a multi-disciplinary group of experts among the caregivers working in the unit.
July 2017: Soins. Gérontologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682113/subjective-well-being-in-centenarians-a-comparison-of-japan-and-the-united-states
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Takeshi Nakagawa, Jinmyoung Cho, Yasuyuki Gondo, Peter Martin, Mary Ann Johnson, Leonard W Poon, Nobuyoshi Hirose
OBJECTIVE: The present study examined the cultural differences and similarities in the levels and predictors of subjective well-being in Japanese and American centenarians. METHOD: We analyzed data on cognitively intact Japanese (N = 59) and American (N = 125) participants from the Tokyo and Georgia Centenarian Studies, respectively. The Philadelphia Geriatric Center Morale Scale was used to measure subjective well-being, while sociodemographic, social, and health resources were assessed as potential predictors...
July 6, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675566/effects-of-two-different-glutamine-containing-enteral-supplements-on-stool-frequency-and-density-in-elderly-patients-recovering-from-acute-critical-illness
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Nobutoshi Fushimi, Munenori Yamada, Hiroki Hachiya, Shun Ito, Takashi Shibuya, Noritsugu Ohashi, Akihiro Mori
AIM: Glutamine has various beneficial functions in the gastrointestinal tract. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of two different glutamine supplements on bowel movement at the start of enteral feeding in elderly inpatients. METHODS: This was a double-blind, prospective, randomized comparison study. A total of 25 patients aged >75 years recovering from a critical illness in a non-intensive care unit and scheduled for tube feeding were recruited...
July 4, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643549/examination-of-the-psychometric-properties-of-the-geriatric-fear-of-falling-measure-among-community-dwelling-older-adults-in-the-united-states
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Tuo-Yu Chen, Jerri D Edwards, Megan Janke
This current study investigated the construct validity and reliability of the Geriatric Fear of Falling Measure (GFFM) among community-dwelling older adults in the United States. Eighty-eight participants were assessed on the GFFM together with demographics, falls, and fear of falling and falls-efficacy measures at baseline and an 8-week follow-up visit. Cronbach's alpha, regression analyses, and correlation analyses were used to examine the psychometric properties of the GFFM. The results showed that the GFFM demonstrated good construct validity and reliability among community-dwelling older adults in the United States...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642851/sarcopenia-neurological-point-of-view
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REVIEW
Young Nam Kwon, Sung Sang Yoon
Sarcopenia is an age-related geriatric syndrome which is characterized by the gradual loss of muscle mass, muscle strength, and muscle quality. There are a lot of neurologic insults on sarcopenia at various levels from the brain to the neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) to generate a volitional task. Dopaminergic downregulation, inadequate motor programming and motor coordination impairment lead to decline of supraspinal drive. Motor unit reorganization and inflammatory changes in motor neuron decrease conduction velocity and amplitude of compound muscle action potential...
May 2017: Journal of Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642040/global-geriatric-oncology-achievements-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Enrique Soto-Perez-de-Celis, Nienke A de Glas, Tina Hsu, Ravindran Kanesvaran, Christopher Steer, Ana Patricia Navarrete-Reyes, Nicolo Matteo Luca Battisti, Yanin Chavarri-Guerra, Anita O'Donovan, Jose Alberto Avila-Funes, Arti Hurria
The aging of the population is a global challenge. The number of older adults is rapidly growing, leading to an increase in the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases associated with aging, such as cancer. Worldwide, older adults account for approximately half of all cancer cases, and this proportion is projected to increase globally. Furthermore, the majority of older adults live in less developed regions, where health systems are generally ill-equipped to provide care for complex chronic conditions. Worldwide, there is paucity of geriatric training, and most of the oncology workforce lacks the skills and knowledge to provide comprehensive care for older patients...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639340/impact-of-frailty-and-residual-subsyndromal-delirium-on-1-year-functional-recovery-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Justin Chew, Wee Shiong Lim, Mei Sian Chong, Yew Yoong Ding, Laura Tay
AIM: To investigate the association between frailty and incomplete delirium recovery at discharge (residual subsyndromal delirium [RSSD]), and to examine the mediating role of RSSD in the relationship between frailty and functional recovery at 12 months post-delirium. METHODS: This was a prospective observational study of 234 individuals aged ≥65 years admitted to a specialized delirium unit. A 20-item frailty index was derived using items from a comprehensive geriatric assessment...
June 22, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
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