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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 109(1):68-78, January 2009
Physiologic changes associated with the aging process dramatically affect the appropriateness of certain medications for older adults. This concern is compounded by the potential interactions of multiple medications – both prescribed and over-the counter. In order to better medications for risks with older adults in various settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and private homes, the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults assessment instrument can be used.
The following video demonstrates how to use this assessment tool, and how easily patients can put themselves at risk for medication-related problems when a thorough assessment of their medications is not routinely made. Viewers will also hear critical discussion points regarding appropriate and inappropriate medications for older adults during a care planning meeting involving nurses and a pharmacist.
Would you believe that it is possible to maintain urinary continence among residents with end-stage dementia? The author of the article on which this program is based can attest to it.
Most practitioners have mistaken ideas about the inevitability of urinary incontinence as we age. That notion extends to the general public and is reinforced by advertisements for incontinence pads. However, research shows that urinary incontinence is treatable, often without pharmacologic intervention, especially if assessments are routinely made by registered nurses and behavioral interventions implemented.
This program outlines the myths and the science related to urinary incontinence, and steps you can take to assess, improve and maintain continence among your client population. The 60 minute program features interviews with Dr. Specht, nurses working in long-term care settings, a physical therapist, and a resident with urinary incontinence.
Staffing is, quite possibly, one of the most talked-about topics in health care. This program will provide you with important advice--whether your concerns revolve around the liabilities of insufficient staffing; steps to reduce these liabilities and improve your staffing sufficiency; or what the research says about the relationship between nurse staffing and the quality and cost of care.
Staffing Matters: Liability, Research, and Patient Outcomes provides further evidence of the critical link between nurse staffing and safety and quality of care and guides viewers in short and long-term strategies to protect patients and caregivers.
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