Dysphagia

Dysphagia in the context of caring for the acutely ill older adult refers to disordered eating as a result of disruption in the swallowing process. Dysphagia can be a serious threat to a patient’s health because of the risk of aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition,...

Depression

Purpose The interdisciplinary team will provide a coordinated, consistent approach with in the continuum of care for depression in the older adult. Background Depression is a prevalent but under recognized and under treated mental health issue of the elderly. It is...

Constipation and Bowel Protocol

Purpose Guideline for the care of a patient who is constipated. To provide acute care nurses with the information they need to assist older patients to maintain or restore pre-hospitalization level of bowel functioning. Background This bowel protocol is based on...

Delirium

Purpose To recognize symptoms of delirium. To provide appropriate interventions to clients experiencing delirium. Background Delirium is a leading mental health problem for older adults.  Prevalence of the disorder ranges from 10% – 56%  (Lacko et al, 2000 p....