Facilitating Compassionate Care - Conference
- Created on 23 May 2013
- Written by Jane Buswell
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The conference will examine the role of chaplains and health care professionals in promoting and facilitating compassionate care and follows on from a successful workshop in November 2012. A lack of compassion in health care has been sadly acknowledged in recent reports therefore the fundamental aim of this day is to enable a meaningful discussion that can empower professional groups to develop a culture of care and compassion.
What guidance and resources are available to help nurses ensure they meet the privacy and dignity needs of older adults in terms of continence?
- Created on 21 May 2013
- Written by Jane Buswell
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Jane Buswell is an independent nurse consultant and chair of the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) older people’s specialist nurse and senior practitioner group
Incontinence is often referred to as one of the four ‘geriatric giants’ or major impairments that develop in older age, the other three being memory loss, depression, and falls/immobility. However, if a patient is incontinent, it is a sign that something is wrong and all healthcare professionals have a duty to respond appropriately and look for a cause.
Practice Question - Use of hypodermoclysis to manage dehydration
- Created on 07 May 2013
- Written by Karen Davies
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How can subcutaneous fluids be used in the care of older people who are dehydrated?
Dawne Garrett is community matron, community services, Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lincolnshire
Older people may be vulnerable to dehydration, particularly during heatwaves and outbreaks of diarrhoea and vomiting. Other risk factors for dehydration in this group include physiological changes such as altered renal function and reduced thirst sensation, functional factors such as reduced mobility and somnolence, environmental factors such as carers failing to provide drinks, disease-related factors including dementia and depression, and iatrogenic factors such as diuretics or polypharmacy (Olde Rikkert et al 1998, Scales 2011).
All-Ireland Gerontological Nurses Association
- Created on 29 April 2013
- Written by Recia Atkins
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AIGNA is the voice of the older people's nursing sector throughout Ireland. Its aim is to be a national organisation in an international setting and influence gerontological policy, strategy, research, education and practice at national and European level.
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To attend AIGNA's 5th Annual Conference, download the programme here