Elder abuse is a growing problem in the United States. Incidents of physical and sexual abuse, as well as neglect, continue to rise as the population ages. Maltreatment of the elderly is associated with increased morbidity and mortality rate, as well as increased health care costs. Fear, shame, and lack of knowledge contribute to underreporting of elder abuse and put the safety of elders at risk. This paper describes indicators of physical and sexual abuse and neglect in the elderly intensive care unit patient and presents how abuse can be identified in the critical care setting.
School of Nursing, California State University San Marcos, San Marcos, California.
Correspondence: Amy Carney, NP, PhD, FAAFS, School of Nursing, California State University San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92096 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The author thanks Kayla Hood and Grace Tran for their research excellence.
The author has disclosed that she has no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.