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New resource to enhance management of Care Home Residents in Acute and Emergency Care Settings
During the pandemic, it has been my great privilege to contribute to the Scottish Government’s Clinical and Professional Advisory Group on Care Homes (CPAG).
Together to Tackle Frailty
Advantage is the first European joint action to prevent and manage frailty. Twenty-two countries across Europe are collaborating to raise awareness of Frailty as a public health priority and to agree on an evidence-based Frailty Prevention Approach.
Is Wessex Frailty Fit?
Do you know how many people in your hospital are living with frailty? Do you know where these patients are in your hospital? Why does it matter?
Creating a ‘Frail Friendly’ Acute Medical Unit... 'not rocket science'
Creating a ‘Frail Friendly’ Acute Medical Unit (AMU) at George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust …. or what some specialities in Teresa Dowsing's Trust used to call ‘not rocket science’.
Can a National Frailty Education Programme be a driver of culture change in healthcare?
Much has been written about the need for healthcare systems to adapt to meet the growing demands associated with demographic changes and an ageing population worldwide. For this to truly happen, we need a culture change, says Diarmuid O’Shea, Consultant Geriatrician at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin.
Using a frailty index in the Emergency Department
Emergency departments are often the safety net of the health care system where the mission is to rapidly evaluate, intervene and organise care. With ageing populations and the growing presence of older adults in EDs, this mission represents a significant challenge.
Ward rounds – are they safe and effective for patients and doctors?
Geriatricians are, in many hospitals, now responsible for more than 50 per cent of in-patients. A recent article in the BMJ suggests that doctors’ way of working would not be accepted by businesses making decisions with far less impact and suggests that the old concept of the ward round is broken.
Specialist Care Frailty Network – we need your help!
The Acute Frailty Network has been in existence for a few years, with a focus on acute medical care and emergency care. Simon Conroy describes its work: would you be interested in helping out?
Comprehensive Care - NIHR themed review of research into older people with frailty in hospitals
There is a real problem with the huge amount of research being published, much of which is not widely read or put into practice, writes John Gladman. How can we overcome this problem?
The frailty journey so far: where are we heading?
Martin Vernon has some thoughts in advance of the third National Frailty Conference which was held on 28 September 2017 in Leeds.
Rapid assessment and frailty
There is a growing emphasis on older people and emergency hospital admissions, with frailty often used as a wrap-around term for ‘older people’. Older people with multiple complex comorbidities are a growing number of emergency attendances, hospital stays and admissions.
“Frailty is the most problematic expression of population ageing”
One of the greatest challenges posed by an ageing population is the ability of healthcare professionals to understand, recognise and manage vulnerable older adults at increased risk of adverse healthcare outcomes writes Diarmuid O'Shea.