By Susan Carmody, Sue Forster
Foreword - Len grey As existence expectancy raises, extra humans will confront failing well-being at a better age. ailment in overdue lifestyles is usually continual and followed through lack of independence, and this may suggest that kin turn into chargeable for care. overview, administration, and care in those complicated occasions require huge wisdom and ability, with contributions from numerous expert disciplines. Nursing is imperative to the care of older humans. certainly, nurses frequently take a lead position. Gerontic nursing is appropriate not just to these care domain names that experience ordinarily been considered as 'aged care'-such as nursing houses and neighborhood care-but additionally to acute health facility and rehabilitation companies. there's for that reason a have to promulgate schooling in gerontic nursing throughout all care domain names. This publication bargains key details to nurses who desire to replace their wisdom during this important sector of care. it's such a lot finished in its insurance of the real concerns which are vital to gerontic nursing, and its layout and agency permits effective entry to all appropriate topics. this isn't just a textual content for nurses who paintings solely in elderly care, but in addition a hugely useful source for nurses in different roles who take care of older humans
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03 41 07/11/2003, 11:28 AM 42 Chapter 4 AGED CARE NURSING Definitions Overlay: a device that is laid over an existing mattress Mattress replacement: a device that replaces the existing mattress. Static device: a device that does not have any independent movement, but relies on body weight to change its shape; usually these devices do not require electricity. Dynamic device: a device that alters its shape according to a predetermined cycle. These devices usually require electricity to operate a pump.
This situation means that the assessment of the person is left to the nurse specialist and his or her team of carers. Input from the rest of the healthcare team is often spasmodic, fragmented, and untimely. It is therefore expedient for facilities to have policies, procedures, and clear guidelines in place to assist nurses in completing the assessment process efficiently and effectively. There are numerous assessment software packages on the market to assist nurses with all of their documentation requirements, and if a package is selected wisely it can be an efficient time-saver that is of economic benefit to the organisation.
Tears, dermatitis, abrasions, burns, erythema, and xerosis (dry skin). At least 70% of hospitalised patients and 90% of long-term aged-care residents have dry skin and are at risk of skin injury (Bryant & Rolstad 2001). Ageing leads to increased nail thickness and decreased elasticity of the skin, with thinning of the dermis and flattening of the dermal–epidermal junction. Other risk factors for skin tears include sensory loss, poor nutritional status, impaired cognition, and dependency on others for activities of daily living.
Aged Care Nursing (Guide to Practice) by Susan Carmody, Sue Forster