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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 108(8):62-71, August 2008
Measuring risk for decline using the Hospital Admission Risk Profile (HARP) allows nurses and team members to identify and stratify risk, and to implement strategies to prevent new disabilities and reduce the likelihood that institutionalization will be the next step for older adult patients. In this program, a staff nurse and nursing student demonstrate the use of the HARP on a patient newly admitted for pneumonia. Using critical thinking skills and a wide range of expertise, the interdisciplinary team unfolds a plan of care designed to help this patient return to home, or at least to shorten any interim institutional care that might be needed first.
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