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Book review: Perioperative Care of the Elderly
Thanks to the excellent work of the POPS team and many others around the UK, older people with surgical problems are now increasingly benefiting from specialised geriatric input. The evidence base has been strengthening, innovative new models have been explored and our surgical and anaesthetic colleagues have been enthusiastic advocates. So it’s great to see a full textbook devoted to the area, with 360 pages and 50 chapters.
NHS Long-Term Plan: The Ambitious Plan
Health leaders have come together to develop the NHS Long Term Plan to make the NHS fit for the future. The plans, drawn up by patient groups, frontline staff, and a variety of experts, set out the key ambitions for improvements in services in every part of England that aim to improve the lives of many people.
UTOCs – Unnecessary Transfers of Care
One of my least favourite moments of my otherwise very enjoyable MDT meeting is when we come to discuss the new admissions on our rehab ward that week. There are two types of transfer which seem to be increasingly common. Let’s call them Mr Smith and Mr Jones…
Geriatric medicine research collaborative (GeMRC): update and research sandpit
Performing research and good quality audits or Quality Improvement Projects (QIPs) as a trainee is difficult. This is due to issues such as time constraints, rotating jobs, and a lack of consistency of practice.
A day in the life....of a Dementia Support Worker
I am Barry Walkden and I’ve been in post as a Dementia Support Worker for almost 5 years now and I can honestly say that no two days are the same.
Can frailty predict medication-related harm?
The PRIME Study aimed to develop a risk prediction model that would identify older adults most at risk of experiencing medication-related harm (MRH) after discharge from hospital.
A bit of the other - Older People in Care Homes: Sex, Sexuality and Intimate Relationships; an RCN discussion and guidance document
We are getting better at difficult conversations - cancer, dementia, end of life care, advance directives, deprivation of liberty - for those of us who work with older people all these thorny issues are common. They’re personal, individual but frequent.
Book Review: Supporting Older People Using Attachment-Informed and Strengths-Based Approaches
Working in the healthcare sector gives few opportunities to read a book front to cover. On the rare occasion I find myself in contact with a paperback, it is just to flick to the relevant page; more often I resort to searching for answers over the internet.
New guidance on clinically assisted nutrition and hydration launched
The new guidance, written by the BMA and RCP, and endorsed by the GMC, is on Clinically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration (CANH) in adults who lack the capacity to consent in England and Wales.
From Beer to Nosokinetics - it’s all in the flow! – Part Deux.
Part 1 of this riveting tale of healthcare business management, as seen through the eyes of an erstwhile trader in beer, set the scene.
From Beer to Nosokinetics - it's all in the flow!
Nosokinetics – a great word upon which to hang the peg of my understanding and progress. Publication of an associated bi-monthly newsletter had provided a repository of published analysis and knowledge related to the subject. Brilliant thinks I; and with glee noted all that had been written and provided to those interested up to 2010. Then the newsletter stopped and Nosokinetics apparently lost to the sands of time!
Have you ever thought about doing research?
Being excited by science and lifelong learning is a common reason for many of us choosing to go to medical school in the first place. If what you like about your job as a clinician includes asking ‘why?’, answering clinical questions, being asked what you found and what you think of your findings, wondering what is best for your patients, working alongside other personality types with different skills and perspectives... You might enjoy research…
What you don't know about rehabilitation
There are things we know, and things we know we don’t know, but there are also things we don’t know we don’t know… So goes the wisdom of (would you believe it) Donald Rumsfeld, back in 2002.
Will vertebroplasty come good?
Over 500 publications in the last 5 years including an updated Cochrane review published early this year on vertebroplasty has not quelled the debate if it is an effective treatment for painful vertebral fragility fractures. The Cochrane review was very clear that vertebroplasty offered little benefit in reducing pain and disability when it was compared with a placebo (sham procedure). So, why are there still proponents of the intervention?
Vertebroplasty should not be offered as a treatment for spinal fractures due to osteoporosis
Vertebroplasty, a treatment that involves the injection of a type of acrylic cement, is a treatment first introduced in the late 1980s to treat acutely painful osteoporotic vertebral fractures. Early observations from case series published over the next decade and a half, indicated that it could quickly and dramatically improve the pain.
Caring for older adults with Intellectual Disability: some NICE advice
About fifteen years ago I had a ‘conversion’ experience. I was jointly running a regional memory clinic set up shortly after cholinesterase inhibitors were licensed, and I realised that one section of the population were being left out: people who in those days were labelled as having a Learning Disability, now relabelled Intellectual Disability.
Sunrise in Sarcopenia Land
Back in 2010, when the first edition of the European Working Group on Sarcopenia (EWGSOP) guidelines were published in Age and Ageing, sarcopenia was a niche research area, of interest mostly to epidemiologists and muscle physiologists.
Report from the Irish Gerontological Society Scientific Meeting 2018 – ‘Transforming Ageing across Borders’
Autumnal scenes and sunshine welcomed delegates to the 66th Irish Gerontological Society’s (IGS) Annual Scientific Meeting at the beautiful - if labyrinthine - Slieve Russell Hotel and County Club in County Cavan in late September 2018.