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What is different about geriatrics as opposed to other patient populations?

October 28th, 2021

Where to begin! Healing is slower, immunity is compromised, skin is super fragile, almost always there is an impaired organ- heart failure, kidney failure, dysfunctional bladder, compromised lungs, and diabetes. Sensory impairments- glaucoma, deafness, blindness, impaired sense of feeling so they could be hurt- wounds on feet, coccyx, hands and not really know due to impaired circulation. There is so much! If there is something wrong with them your go-to test is almost always a UA for a UTI.

December 22nd, 2021

Safety risks

October 10th, 2021

Geriatrics requires more time to get things done. For example it is rare that older patients can take and swallow medications as younger patients. Dementia residents require a lot of understanding and patience

December 20th, 2021

You need to be able to put yourself u their place so you can understand what they are feeling. They ave lived a longtime usually and have experienced things You may never experience so the time yndwrsrabd,we're the are coming deim