Advancing initiatives in care of cognitively impaired patients in acute care settings

Graham, Fred, Travers, Catherine, Beattie, Elizabeth, & Henderson, Amanda (2016) Advancing initiatives in care of cognitively impaired patients in acute care settings. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 23(7), p. 36.

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Abstract

In November 2014, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) released “A better way to care: Safe and high quality care for patients with cognitive impairment (dementia and delirium) in hospital”. http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au/our-work/cognitive-impairment. The handbook is available as three separate resources for the three audiences: clinicians, service managers and consumers. These resources are designed to inform and guide improved care for older patients with cognitive impairment (CI) (dementia, delirium) in acute care settings. In particular, the service managers resource recommends that organisations comprehensively prepare themselves so that they are alert to delirium and the risk it poses for patients, that they can recognise and respond to patients with CI, and that they are able to provide safe and high quality care tailored to individual patient’s needs. Service managers and clinicians should carefully consider the information provided in the resources and judiciously explore how best to modify and adapt everyday care practices where appropriate. It is important that clinical teams respond to the available information as the ACSQHC identifies that dementia and/or delirium is associated with adverse outcomes, including functional decline, increased risk of falls, and increased morbidity and mortality...

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ID Code: 93207
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: hospital, dementia, delirium, aged
ISSN: 2202-7114
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Australian Nursing and Midwifery Foundation
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2016 23:23
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2016 15:16

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