In a recently published paper in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, Donna M. Fick, Professor of Nursing and co-director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State has developed a two item bedside test for delirium . The brief two-item bedside test for delirium takes an average of 36 seconds to perform and has a sensitivity of 93 percent. The researchers were able to find two questions that proved to have a 93 percent sensitivity in identifying delirium: patients were asked what day of the week it was and to recite the months of the year backwards.
One of the most common and often serious problems faced by healthcare providers in hospitals is patient falls. Hospital falls represent a leading cause of adverse events, accounting for 25%-89% of all reported incidents. Geriatric wards and patients with prolonged hospitalization report the highest fall and disability rates.
The CDC offers great resources for reducing falls and fall related injuries. The Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries (STEADI) Tool Kit is a suite of materials created by CDC’s Injury Center for health care providers. The STEADI Tool Kit resources can be used to help assess, treat, and refer older adult patients based on their fall risk. The STEADI Tool Kit was adapted from the American and British Geriatric Societies’ Clinical Practice Guideline.
Managing patients with delirium can be a challenge for clinicians in any care setting. Delirium is an acutely disturbed state of mind that occurs in fever, intoxication, and other disorders and is characterized by restlessness, illusions, and incoheren
Reducing falls and improving safety for hospitalized children can be a challenge for nurses. Like adults, children who have undergone surgery or who are taking pain medications may find it difficult to stand, walk or maintain their balance.
The ongoing discussion surrounding the safe use of restraints in patient care, prompted American Nurse Today, the official journal for the American Nurse Association, to create a series of articles to help guide nurses in clinical practice. The series balances scientific data with practical information, and includes a discussion of the Posey Bed as a protective and calming alternative to more restrictive restraints. Part of the journal’s “Focus On…” series, “Focus On… Safe Use of Restraints,” includes four articles from industry experts.
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