The BGS blog aims to presents issues relevant to people working to improve the health and care of older people. It will highlight the latest news and activities from across all the BGS campaigns, events, publications and activities as well as original articles commissioned by leaders in geriatric medicine.
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Why COVID-19 allowed us to believe in a different future for health and social care
The COVID-19 pandemic has been the worst period that many people have lived through. However, for health and social care, it has also led to some of the greatest innovation and transformation, demonstrating how partnership working across traditional systems and boundaries can truly be achieved when everything is being routed through one funding source.
Hospital Wide Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment
How do we achieve this Holy Grail? Robust evidence shows the benefits of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA)1 for older people in acute settings, but how do we deliver this at the scale that is required?
Major Trauma Geriatrics
Major trauma was once perceived as a realm of vehicle accidents or violence affecting young or middle-aged people. The Trauma Audit and Research Network has now shown that the majority of patients attending hospitals with severe injuries are >60 years of age and have fallen from a standing height. Many of these patients have multi-morbidity and are complex to manage.
The most fulfilling learning experience of my career so far
EAMA (The European Academy for Medicine of Ageing) is an advanced postgraduate course in geriatric medicine designed to inspire and develop future leaders in academic geriatrics and older people’s healthcare across Europe.
Busy, noisy, and unfamiliar
Busy, noisy, and unfamiliar. Hospitals can be frightening and disorientating for people living with dementia who describe not being sure where they are, why they are there or what is happening around them.
What we learned in setting up a care bundle to support eating and drinking at risk
Dysphagia is common in hospital and when there is an appreciable risk of choking, aspiration or pneumonia, people can be said to be ‘eating and drinking at risk’ (EDAR). This is usually considered when their swallow is unlikely to improve in a reasonable time frame, there is no safe and acceptable modified diet, and tube feeding has been ruled out.
Lister House Care Home nestles against the beautiful North Yorkshire landscape, just on the outskirts of the historic small city of Ripon.
BGS Joint Rising Star Award for Research 2020: Richard Dodds
This year’s BGS Rising Star Award for Research has been jointly awarded to Dr Richard Dodds and Dr Atul Anand. Richard is an Honorary Consultant Geriatrician at Newcastle Hospitals and an Intermediate Clinical Fellow at the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre.
BGS Joint Rising Star Award for Research 2020: Atul Anand
This year’s BGS Rising Star Award for Research has been jointly awarded to Dr Atul Anand and Dr Richard Dodds. Atul is a newly appointed consultant geriatrician at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, and Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Here he discusses his research into the cardiovascular care of older adults.
The Face Shield Clouded My Vision
He was sitting on the bed. He had presented to the emergency room with fever and shortness of breath and was labeled a PUI - “Person Under Investigation.” Every time he took a deep breath, I saw his chest wall retract between his ribs.
Miniature Heroes: Kids contributing to older adult needs during COVID-19
The BGS is committed to celebrating all endeavours that seek to improve care for older people. As many of us know, this takes input, expertise and often kindness, from a wide range of people, encompassing healthcare professionals, but also volunteers, carers and family members.
Time for school education on death, end-of-life care, and serious illness
HIV/AIDS taught us the importance of public sex education. Now, COVID-19 teaches us the need for public death education.
Impact of Covid-19 on older people in rural Kenya
While it is important for us to focus on the issues facing older people in the United Kingdom, it is important for geriatricians to have a broader perspective of the impact of this pandemic on older people in countries which do not have the benefits of the health care and social care available to us in the UK.
Are you ready for the autumn and winter?
The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have led to a significant increase in the risk of falls amongst older people in the UK. During the pandemic, community falls services have largely been put on hold.
The work of older people and informal caregivers in managing a change in health
Out of hospital care for older people, such as hospital-at-home, is being delivered in a number of countries as an alternative to hospitalisation for a select group of older people.
Working across organisational boundaries to improve care of older people
Earlier this year health and social care organisations across Newcastle upon Tyne (Collaborative Newcastle) were focused on how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A matter of PRINCIPLE - How geriatric medicine teams can help find treatments for COVID-19 in older people
A fresh look at failure
I can feel an approaching pandemic in use of the word failure. It started with failure to plan, failure to supply PPE and economic failure. There is talk of failure to support frail older people and other vulnerable groups.
My last shift as a care home nurse
In this blog I write as a care home nurse with hindsight, reliving my shift in mid-March, when I could hear the ‘hooves of the apocalyptic horses’ approaching as coronavirus took hold. I have not worked there since, as I have instead been caring for my husband who is shielding.