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NICHE Recommended Care of the Critically Ill Older Adult

Giambattista, Laura RN, BSN, CMSRN; Howard, Richard RN, BSN, CCRN, PHN, HHP; Ruhe Porto, Raquel RN, BSN, CCRN; Barker, Nancy RN, CCRN, WCC; Carroll, Dawn RN, MSN; Pfeiffer, Judith PhD, RN, NEA-BC; Davidson, Judy E. DNP, RN, FCCM

doi: 10.1097/CNQ.0000000000000074
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Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders provides evidence-based best practices for the care of the hospitalized older adult. Older adults are a vulnerable population at greater risk of functional decline during and after hospitalization, safety concerns related to polypharmacy, ineffective pain management, and population-specific physiological responses to medications. Family members of hospitalized older adults are also vulnerable and may experience postintensive care syndrome. This manuscript explores the application of Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders standards through a case study approach to optimize patient/family-centered care of the critically ill older adult.

Education, Development and Research (Ms Giambattista and Dr Davidson), Intensive Care Unit (Mss Ruhe Porto, Barker, and Carroll and Mr Howard), University of California San Diego Health System, La Jolla, California; Nursing Education, Development & Research and Psychiatric Services, University of California San Diego Health System (Ms Pfeiffer).

Correspondence: Judy E. Davidson, University of California San Diego Health System, La Jolla, CA (jdavidson@ucsd.edu).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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