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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535264/the-impact-of-the-physical-environment-on-depressive-symptoms-of-older-residents-living-in-care-homes-a-mixed-methods-study
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Rachel Potter, Bart Sheehan, Rebecca Cain, James Griffin, Paul A Jennings
Background and Objectives: Forty percent of residents living in care homes in the United Kingdom have significant depressive symptoms. Care homes can appear to be depressing places, but whether the physical environment of homes directly affects depression in care home residents is unknown. This study explores the relationship between the physical environment and depressive symptoms of older people living in care homes. Research Design and Methods: In a prospective cohort study the physical environment of 50 care homes were measured using the Sheffield Care Environment Assessment Matrix (SCEAM) and depressive symptoms of 510 residents measured using the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15)...
May 23, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526270/risk-factors-for-urinary-tract-infections-in-geriatric-hospitals
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Raphaële Girard, Sylvain Gaujard, Véronique Pergay, Pascal Pornon, Géraldine Martin Gaujard, Laurent Bourguignon
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most frequent nosocomial infection in geriatric units. An understanding of risk factors for infection may help identify prevention strategies. AIM: Identification of the risk factors for UTI in elderly patients. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of 3 prospective cohorts. All hospitalized patients present in, or admitted to, a geriatric unit from June 1 to June 28, for the years 2009, 2012, and 2015 were included and followed until discharge or until June 30 of the year concerned...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511639/physical-activity-among-hospitalized-older-adults-an-observational-study
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Sigurd Evensen, Olav Sletvold, Stian Lydersen, Kristin Taraldsen
BACKGROUND: Low level of physical activity is common among hospitalized older adults and is associated with worse prognosis. The aim of this paper is to describe the pattern and level of physical activity in a group of hospitalized older adults and to identify factors associated with physical activity. METHODS: We measured physical activity on day three after admission using accelerometer based activity monitors and time in upright position as outcome measure. We collected data of physical function (Short Physical Performance Battery, SPPB...
May 16, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508408/variations-in-status-of-preparation-of-personal-protective-equipment-for-preventing-norovirus-gastroenteritis-in-long-term-care-facilities-for-the-elderly
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Saori Fujiki, Tatsuro Ishizaki, Takeo Nakayama
RATIONALE, AIM, AND OBJECTIVES: Residents of long-term care facilities are highly susceptible to norovirus gastroenteritis, and each facility is concerned about the need to implement norovirus infection control. Among control measures, personal protective equipment (PPE), such as disposable gloves and masks, plays a major role in reducing infectious spread. However, the preparation status of PPE in facilities before infection outbreaks has not been reported. The aim was to clarify the implementation status of preventive measures for norovirus gastroenteritis and the cost of preparing the necessary PPE in long-term care facilities...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502379/external-validation-of-the-clinical-indications-of-computed-tomography-ct-of-the-head-in-patients-with-low-energy-geriatric-hip-fractures
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Amrut Borade, Harish Kempegowda, Hemil H Maniar, Anthony De Giacomo, Paul Tornetta, Kasey Bramlett, Andrew J Marcantonio, Lucas S Marchand, Erik N Kubiak, William H Ip, James F Kellam, Jay S Bender, Eric G Meinberg, James Kee, Regis Renard, Michael Suk, Daniel S Horwitz
INTRODUCTION: On evaluation of the clinical indications of computed tomography (CT) scan of head in the patients with low-energy geriatric hip fractures, Maniar et al. identified physical evidence of head injury, new onset confusion, and Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)<15 as predictive risk factors for acute findings on CT scan. The goal of the present study was to validate these three criteria as predictive risk factors for a larger population in a wider geographical distribution. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients ≥65 years of age with low-energy hip fractures from 6 trauma centers in a wide geographical distribution in the United States were included in this study...
April 26, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497218/to-evaluate-the-efficacy-of-an-acellular-flowable-matrix-in-comparison-with-a-wet-dressing-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-diabetic-foot-ulcers-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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F Campitiello, M Mancone, A Della Corte, R Guerniero, S Canonico
The authors aimed to evaluate the efficacy of an advanced wound matrix (Integra Flowable Wound Matrix, Integra LifeScience Corp, Plainsboro, NJ, USA) for treating wounds with irregular geometries versus a wet dressing in patients with diabetic foot ulcers. Sixty patients with diabetic foot ulcers (Grades 3 Wagner) were included in this randomized clinical trial. The study was conducted in the General Surgery Unit and Geriatric of the Second University of Naples, Italy, in the last 12 months. Forty-six cases of diabetic foot ulcers were equally and randomly divided into control and test groups...
May 11, 2017: Updates in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488991/geriatric-hip-fracture-care-fixing-a-fragmented-system
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Mary E Anderson, Kelly Mcdevitt, Ethan Cumbler, Heather Bennett, Zachary Robison, Bryan Gomez, Jason W Stoneback
CONTEXT: Fragmentation in geriatric hip fracture care is a growing concern because of the aging population. Patients with hip fractures at our institution historically were admitted to multiple different services and units, leading to unnecessary variation in inpatient care. Such inconsistency contributed to delays in surgery, discharge, and functional recovery; hospital-acquired complications; failure to adhere to best practices in osteoporosis management; and poor coordination with outpatient practitioners...
2017: Permanente Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488297/frailty-in-older-adults-with-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment-as-a-result-of-alzheimer-s-disease-a-comparison-of-two-models-of-frailty-characterization
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Natália O C Cezar, Rafael Izbicki, Diego Cardoso, Jouce G Almeida, Leandro Valiengo, Marina V Z Camargo, Orestes V Forlenza, Monica S Yassuda, Ivan Aprahamian
AIM: To verify the prevalence and presence of frailty markers, and their relationship to cognitive function among older adults with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI). METHODS: This was an observational study with transversal analyses. Older adults with aMCI as a result of Alzheimer's disease (n = 40) were compared with healthy controls (n = 26) at the Psychogeriatric Outpatient Unit, Institute and Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo...
May 10, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476323/the-malnutrition-screening-tool-in-geriatric-rehabilitation-a-comparison-of-validity-when-completed-by-health-professionals-with-and-without-malnutrition-screening-training-has-implications-for-practice
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Skye Marshall, Adrienne Young, Elizabeth Isenring
BACKGROUND: The validity of the Malnutrition Screening Tool (MST) in geriatric rehabilitation has been evaluated in a research environment but not in professional practice. OBJECTIVE: In older adults admitted to rehabilitation, this study was undertaken to compare the MST scoring agreement (inter-rater reliability) between health professionals with and without malnutrition risk and screening training; to evaluate the concurrent validity of the MST completed by the trained and untrained health professionals compared to the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification using different MST score cutoffs; and to determine whether patient characteristics were associated with MST scoring accuracy when completed by health professionals without malnutrition risk and screening training...
May 2, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467578/approach-to-inguinal-hernia-in-high-risk-geriatric-patients-should-it-be-elective-or-emergent
#10
Rıza Gürhan Işıl, Pınar Yazıcı, Uygar Demir, Cemal Kaya, Özgür Bostancı, Ufuk Oğuz İdiz, Canan Tülay Işıl, Mahmut Kaan Demircioğlu, Mehmet Mihmanlı
BACKGROUND: Elderly patients are more prone to have inguinal hernia due to weakened abdominal musculature. However, surgical repair of inguinal hernia (SRIH) may not be performed or may be delayed due to greater risk in presence of comorbidities. Present study is investigation of outcome of elective and emergency SRIH in geriatric patients. METHODS: Records of total of 384 high-risk (American Society of Anesthesiology classification III-IV) patients aged >65 years who underwent SRIH between January 2010 and December 2014 were reviewed...
March 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451380/which-factors-affect-the-implementation-of-geriatric-recommendations-by-primary-care-physicians
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Yan Press, Boris Punchik, Ella Kagan, Alex Barzak, Tamar Freud
BACKGROUND: The overall implementation rate for outpatient comprehensive geriatric assessment (OCGAU) recommendations ranges from 48.6 to 71%. The purpose of the study was to identify factors that reduce the implementation rate of geriatric recommendations. METHODS: The medical records of patients who were assessed in the comprehensive geriatric assessment unit over an 8 year study period were surveyed. Data collected included patient's characteristics (socio-demographic, functional, cognitive, and affective condition, co-morbidity), number of recommendations, the identity of the geriatrician, and data related to the primary physician (age, sex, seniority, number of patients referred for geriatric assessment)...
2017: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450739/comparing-mortality-risk-of-patients-with-acute-hip-fractures-admitted-to-a-major-trauma-centre-on-a-weekday-or-weekend
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Rajpal Nandra, Jack Pullan, Jonathan Bishop, Khalid Baloch, Liam Grover, Keith Porter
Proximal femoral fractures are a major public health concern with estimated annual direct and social costs amounting to £2 billion and average 30-day mortality risk of 7.5%. In response to the recent debate over out-of-hours hospital provision we investigated the 'weekend effect' at a major trauma centre, caring for acute injuries. A single centre, multi-surgeon review of 2060 patients performed. The distribution of patient and treatment variables compared in patients admitted on a weekday or the weekend. Fewer patients met performance indicators during weekend admission, time to surgery (63 vs...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436194/impact-of-living-arrangements-on-clinical-outcomes-among-older-patients-with-dementia-or-cognitive-impairment-admitted-to-the-geriatric-evaluation-and-management-unit-in-taiwan
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Cheng-Hao Hung, Ting-Ching Tang, Chih-Jen Wang, Li-Kuo Liu, Li-Ning Peng, Liang-Kung Chen
AIM: To evaluate the impact of living arrangements on mortality and functional decline among older patients with dementia or cognitive impairment after discharge from a geriatric evaluation and management unit (GEMU) in Taiwan. METHODS: The present retrospective cohort study used data from the Veteran Affairs Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment from January 2015 to May 2016 for analysis. Data of patients aged 65 years and older with dementia or cognitive impairment at admission to the GEMU of Taipei Veterans General Hospital during the study period were retried for study...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436184/delaying-cognitive-and-physical-decline-through-multidomain-interventions-for-residents-with-mild-to-moderate-dementia-in-dementia-care-units-in-taiwan-a-prospective-cohort-study
#14
Chih-Kuang Liang, Ming-Yueh Chou, Liang-Yu Chen, Kuei-Yu Wang, Shih-Yi Lin, Liang-Kung Chen, Yu-Te Lin, Tsung-Yun Liu, Ching-Hui Loh
AIM: To develop experimental multi-domain interventions for older people with mild-to-moderate dementia, and to evaluate the effect of delaying cognitive and physical decline, and improvement or prevention of geriatric syndromes during 1-year follow up. METHODS: Participants aged 65 years and older with mild-to-moderate dementia (clinical dementia rating [CDR] 1 or 2) were grouped as intervention in Jia-Li Veterans Home and usual care model in the community (Memory clinic)...
April 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432019/feasibility-of-mini-tablets-as-a-flexible-drug-delivery-tool
#15
Biplob Mitra, Jessica Chang, Sy-Juen Wu, Chad N Wolfe, Robert L Ternik, Thomas Z Gunter, Michael C Victor
Mini-tablets have potential applications as a flexible drug delivery tool in addition to their generally perceived use as multi-particulates. That is, mini-tablets could provide flexibility in dose finding studies and/or allow for combination therapies in the clinic. Moreover, mini-tablets with well controlled quality attributes could be a prudent choice for administering solid dosage forms as a single unit or composite of multiple mini-tablets in patient populations with swallowing difficulties (e.g., pediatric and geriatric populations)...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424132/outcomes-of-recreational-activity-associated-trauma-in-elderly-persons-on-blood-thinning-medications
#16
Zachary M DeBoard, Jonathan Grotts, Lisa Ferrigno
With increasing life expectancy, the elderly are participating in recreational activities traditionally pursued by younger persons. Elderly patients have many reasons for worse outcomes after trauma, one of which may be the rising use of anticoagulant and/or antiplatelet medications. This study aimed to determine whether preinjury use of these agents yielded worse outcomes in geriatric patients injured during high-impact recreational activities. The National Trauma Data Bank was reviewed from 2007 to 2010 for patients ≥65 years admitted to Level I or II trauma centers with ICD-9 E-codes for specific mechanisms of injury...
April 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422415/impact-of-hospitalization-in-an-acute-geriatric-unit-on-polypharmacy-and-potentially-inappropriate-prescriptions-a-retrospective-study
#17
Marta Gutiérrez-Valencia, Mikel Izquierdo, Vincenzo Malafarina, Javier Alonso-Renedo, Belén González-Glaría, Beatriz Larrayoz-Sola, María Pilar Monforte-Gasque, Pello Latasa-Zamalloa, Nicolás Martínez-Velilla
AIM: Polypharmacy is a highly prevalent geriatric syndrome, and hospitalizations can worsen it. The aim of the present study was to analyze the influence of hospitalization on polypharmacy and indicators of quality of prescribing, and their possible association with health outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective study of 200 patients discharged from an acute geriatric unit was carried out. Indicators of quality of prescription were registered at admission and discharge: polypharmacy defined as ≥5 medications, hyperpolypharmacy (≥10), potentially inappropriate prescribing by Beers and Screening Tool of Older Persons' potentially inappropriate Prescriptions (STOPP) criteria, potentially prescribing omissions by Screening Tool to Alert doctors to the Right Treatment (START) criteria, drug interactions and anticholinergic burden measured with the Anticholinergic Risk Scale...
April 19, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419042/geriatric-fracture-care-future-trajectories-a-2015-aoa-critical-issues-symposium
#18
Julie A Switzer, Kevin J Bozic, Stephen L Kates
The population of the United States and the world is aging rapidly. Musculoskeletal care for older adults will be impacted by the manner in which health care is financed and the ability of the orthopaedic community to provide evidence-based integrated care for this population. We review the financial aspects of health-care reform and the implications for musculoskeletal care in the elderly. We discuss the establishment of quality measures for hip fracture care in the elderly, team building to accomplish this, and an innovative program designed to provide orthopaedic care to the frail elderly outside of the usual office setting...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408619/data-linkage-to-improve-geriatric-oncology-research-a-feasibility-study
#19
Jennifer L Lund, Anne-Marie Meyer, Allison M Deal, Bong-Jin Choi, YunKyung Chang, Grant R Williams, Mackenzi Pergolotti, Emily J Guerard, Hyman B Muss, Hanna K Sanoff
Older adults (aged 65 years and older) diagnosed with cancer account for most cancer-related morbidity and mortality in the United States but are often underrepresented on clinical trials. Recent attention from a variety of professional, research, regulatory, and patient advocacy groups has centered on data linkage and data sharing as a means to capture patient information and outcomes outside of clinical trials to accelerate progress in the fight against cancer. The development of a more robust observational research data infrastructure would help to address gaps in the evidence base regarding optimal approaches to treating cancer among the growing and complex population of older adults...
April 13, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406368/prn-medication-administration-in-a-geriatric-psychiatric-hospital-chart-review-and-nursing-perspective
#20
Lori Harper, John R Reddon, Courtney J Hunt, Heather Royan
OBJECTIVE: To improve patient care/outcome, an evaluation was conducted of nursing procedures and protocols for pro re nata (PRN) medications. METHODS: A 14-day chart review was conducted for 27 patients with mood and thought disorders (MTD) and for 24 patients with organic disorders (OD) at a geriatric psychiatric hospital, and a questionnaire was completed by 20 nurses. RESULTS: 377 PRNs were administered to patients in the MTD and OD units (240 and 137, respectively)...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Gerontologist
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