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How To Try This Video: Older Adult Sexuality: A Continuing Human Need

Video Author: AJN
Published on: 08.10.2011
Associated with: AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 108(7):52-60, July 2008

This video includes a sexuality assessment using the PLISSIT model, and demonstrates how to introduce the topic and conduct the brief interview process. Once the assessment findings are summarized and discussed by the Nurse Practitioner and the student conducting the assessment, the information is taken to the team for their expert advice. The subsequent plan includes information to educate the patient, allay anxiety, and provides strategies and resources which will help her resume her sexual relationship with her partner.

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Creator: AJN
Duration: 47:15
This video discusses best practices in preventing aspiration during and within the first few hours after oral feedings, as well as discussion of best practices and demonstration of techniques that help the nurse assess placement and evaluate the location of feeding tubes. Also included in the program are practices considered outdated and unreliable in assessing feeding tube placement.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 34:24
The Mini-Nutritional Assessment (MNA) is a two-part assessment tool that has been developed just for older adults, and is quick and easy for nurses to use. This video demonstrates the assessment process, as well as how to measure calf and upper arm circumference, to determine key information used in the final determination of nutrition status. In addition, viewers will hear a discussion among interdisciplinary team members that identify a broad range of options to address all the risk factors identified for this particular patient, including simple, cost-effective strategies of improving the nutrient content of inexpensive foods.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 51:19
This video guides viewers through the utilization of two tools found in the Try This series: the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) and Assessing and Managing Delirium in Older Adults with Dementia. In this five chapter program, two patients are presented and assessed for delirium using the CAM: one with delirium and one with a delirium superimposed on an underlying dementia. Once identified, further assessment and treatment of the underlying etiology and safe management of care is shown using the Delirium Superimposed on Dementia Algorithm.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 30:00
In the video, behaviors and family concerns are elicited by a staff nurse during a routine hospital admission assessment of a patient with memory problems admitted for knee replacement, and the results shared with an interdisciplinary team who use the information to plan post-operative care. In addition to identifying steps to more suitably address pain management, minimize potential delirium, and prevent dehydration and functional decline; the staff discusses how to inform the family members about the plan of care, the rationale, and what to expect during the course of hospitalization and discharge.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 30:51
Nurses can use a very brief and simple screening tool, called the Mini-Cog, to evaluate memory and executive function in their patients and to determine if further evaluation for dementia is indicated. While the tool is not diagnostic, it gathers useful information to inform the probability of an underlying dementia - information critical to determining care, addressing safety and improving outcomes. Equally important to patients and families, positive results in the screening provides an opportunity for the healthcare team to educate about the need to address a range of safety, legal and personal issues in order to improve quality of life and sustain independence following discharge and to coordinate follow-up diagnostic evaluation.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 34:22
Using the Hendrich II Fall Risk Model, nurses and others care providers can determine risk and implement strategies to prevent falls. This video demonstrates a fall risk assessment and interpretation, as well as outlines research that has allowed Hendrich to hone in on the numerous probable causes evaluated after falling takes place, and to limit the predictive assessment to eight specific factors.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 37:32
The Braden Scale is a simple and easy-to-use tool which allows nurses to quickly assess for the risk of ulcer development, as well as modify care and interventions to target those specific factors which put patients in danger Coupled with routine skin assessment, use of the Braden Scale is a best practice which all nurses can implement as part of routine care. Where pressure ulcers already exist, using the Braden Scale to identify and address precise areas where problems have been identified is also a best practice to promote healing. This video demonstrates the use of the Braden Scale, as well as how to perform skin assessment, and outlines the factors contributing to ulcer development. Viewers will learn about prevention strategies, as well as considerations for patients at discharge.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 27:42
Depression among older adults is a common, but not a normal or acceptable phenomenon. Untreated depression reduces quality of life and can lead to serious complications when not addressed. To better screen for this problem, this program features the GDS short form--a quick and easy to administer tool that can identify those who are most likely depressed so they can be referred for further evaluation. This video discusses the prevalence of depression; demonstrates the screening process; describes some of the challenges in its administration; and explains how the results can be interpreted and used to adapt the plan of care. Included in this program is an excellent discussion among nursing staff, students and experts about how to assist the depressed patient in structuring daily activities and routines to account for changes in energy and interest in the short term, and plan for a return to normal over the longer term.
Creator: AJN
Duration: 20:48
Fulmer SPICES, developed by Terry Fulmer, PhD, APRN, FAAN at New York University College of Nursing, is an efficient and effective tool for obtaining the information necessary to prevent health alterations in the older adult patient. This program demonstrates the SPICES assessment process, and describes how this framework translates across settings and can even be used after discharge to home. In addition, Dr. Fulmer provides some historical insight as to how our approach to care of older adults is moving from treating symptoms to preventing problems.



Creator: Shawn Kennedy
Duration: 30:14
This video is part three of a three-part series, Professional Partners Supporting Diverse Family Caregivers Across Settings, and funded by the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation through the AARP Foundation. Because caregiving for seriously and chronically ill people carries well-known physical, emotional, and financial risks, with consequences for the patient as well as the caregiver, it’s important to assess and address a family caregiver’s needs, strengths, and limitations.