This evidence review was commissioned by executive nurses from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire CCGs. It analyses the risks of elderly patients whilst in hospital including medication errors, delirium, falls, pressure sores, infections and frailty. It also looks at what might be done and how these models can be implemented.
REFINE (REducing Falls in In-patieNt Elderly) using bed and bedside chair pressure sensors linked to radio-pagers in acute hospital care: a randomised controlled trial
This paper describes a randomized controlled trial of bed and bedside chair pressure sensors using radio-pagers (intervention group) compared to standard care (control group) in elderly patents admitted to acute, general medical wards in a large UK teaching hospital.
Transition of Care for Hospitalized Elderly Patients - Development of a Discharge Checklist for Hospitalists
Discharge from the hospital is a critical transition point in a patient’s care and incomplete handoffs at discharge can lead to adverse events for patients and result in avoidable readmission.
This Institute for Healthcare Improvement article uses the case of an older patient taking multiple medications to summarise the evidence-based literature about improving medication use and withdrawing specific drugs and drug classes
The purpose of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of in-facility multi-component delirium prevention programs.