Chapter 43 - Chapter 43: Geriatiric Emergencies Elderly- a...

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Geriatiric Emergencies Elderly - a person 65< Old-old - elderly person 80< Gerontology - scientific study of the effects of aging and of age related diseases on humans. Geriatrics - the study and treatment of diseases of the aged. Ageism - discrimination against aged or elderly people. -In treating the elderly, the best intervention is prevention. Functional impairment - decreased ability to meet daily needs on an independent basis. Comorbidity - having more than one disease at a time. -elderly often suffer from more than one illness or disease at a time. Common Complaints in the Elderly Fatigue/weakness Dizziness/vertigo/syncope Falls Headaches Insomnia Dysphagia- inability to swallow or difficulty swallowing. Loss of appetite Inability to void Constipation/diarrhea Polypharmacy - multiple drug therapy in which there is a concurrent use of a number of drugs. Incontinence - inability to retain urine or feces because of loss of sphincter control or cerebral or spinal lesions. TIA (Transient Ischemic Attacks)- reversible interruptions of blood flow to the brain; often seen as a precursor to a stroke. Factors in Forming a General Assessment Living situation Level of activity Network of social support Level of independence Medication history Sleep patterns Anorexia nervosa - eating disorder marked by excessive fasting. By-Products of Malnutrition Vitamin deficiencies Dehydration Hypoglycemia Cataracts - medical condition in which the lens of the eye loses its clearness. Glaucoma
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course PARAMEDIC 101 taught by Professor Bator during the Spring '11 term at Columbus State Community College.

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Chapter 43 - Chapter 43: Geriatiric Emergencies Elderly- a...

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