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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A toolkit for reducing inappropriate use of antipsychotics in long term care

Choosing Wisely Canada, a campaign to help clinicians and patients engage in conversation about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures organized by the Canadian Medical Association and the University of Toronto, created a toolkit to support interventions to reduce the excessive use of antipsychotic medication administration in long term care.
Its content is derived from a similar toolkit created by the Alberta Health Services. The toolkit is intended for physician groups, clinical services or organizations to help reduce antipsychotic prescribing.
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pressure Ulcer Scale for Healing (PUSH)

The Pressure Ulcer Scale for Healing (PUSH) is a research-validated tool that was developed by the (NPUAP). It’s an easy to use reliable tool to monitor changes in pressure ulcer status over time.

PUSH is available in a web version and as a PDF. There are detailed instructions for using the scale. Usage and copyright information can be found on the website – this tool is free to use by any non-profit organization.

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

Dementia Diaries

“Dementia Diaries is a UK-wide project that brings together people’s diverse experiences of living with dementia as a series of audio diaries. It serves as a public record and a personal archive that documents the day-to-day lives of people living with dementia, with the aim of prompting a richer dialogue about the varied forms of the condition.”
Dementia Diaries is a part of the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) and an initiative of On Our Radar, a non-profit communications agency that enables marginalized groups share their news and perspectives.
Each diarist is given a 3D printed mobile handset which are simple to use to enable individuals to continue to record entries even as the use of technology becomes more difficult as their disease progresses.
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Discharging older patients from hospital

In May 2016, the National Audit Office in the UK wrote a report on the Department of Health and discharging of older patients from hospital.

Their key findings included that 62% of hospital bed days were occupied by older patients (65+) in 2014-15, there was a 18% increase in emergency admissions of older people between 2010-11 and 2014-15 (greater than the whole population average increase) and that an estimated £820 million is spent in the UK National Health Service (NHS) on older patients in hospital beds who are no longer in need of acute treatment.

The report examines the efficacy of the health and social care system of managing the discharge of older patients from hospital.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Optimal Perioperative Management of the Geriatric Patient – Best Practice Guideline

The American College of Surgeons released an updated edition of their best practice guidelines for perioperative care of geriatric patients in early 2016.  The guideline was created in collaboration by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program and the American Geriatrics Society’s Geriatrics-for-Specialists Initiative.
The new guideline addressed the perioperative care of all surgical patients 65-years-old and older. Included in the guideline are specific recommendations regarding care transitions from acute care facilities to personal residences or long-term care facilities post-surgery.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in Canada

Statistics Canada released a Health Report in May 2016 about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in the Canadian population according to the 2010/2011 Canadian Community Health Survey, the 2011/2012 Survey of Neurological Conditions in Institutions in Canada, and the 2011 Survey on Living with Neurological Conditions in Canada.
According to the report, dementia is the most common type of neurodegenerative disorder. Among Canadians aged 45 or older, 45% of those living in long-term residential care settings have a diagnosis of dementia.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Manitoba

Today (June 15) is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
“World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was developed & launched on June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA).
WEAAD involves activities to bring greater recognition of mistreatment of older adults wherever they live throughout the world, and to highlight the need for appropriate action. It is intended to give abuse and neglect of older adults a global relevance that will sustain and move prevention efforts forward throughout the year and for years to come.”
You can find out about all the events happening around Manitoba today to recognize World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAD) at the WEAD Manitoba webpage.
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