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AJN The American Journal of Nursing. 108(10):62-70, October 2008
Wandering, and wandering away (elopement) pose extreme safety risks for dementia patients, and significant liability for healthcare facilities. Yet many units lack policies and procedures that address the triggers for these behaviors. Knowing how to assess, supervise and search are key to preventing adverse outcomes when caring for hospitalized dementia patients. This video offers outlines strategies for preventing wandering behaviors, and serious considerations for policies that result in quick, successful searches should elopement occur.
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