Recent studies challenge assumptions about how case managers and other healthcare professionals can reduce fall risk among older patients with comorbidities and recent hospital stays. The key is to focus on fall risk from just before a person is hospitalized to weeks after hospitalization.
Older adult trauma patients present unique challenges for the emergency care provider. Airway anatomic and physiologic changes associated with age may pose difficulties in the setting of trauma and may affect the overall care of the patient. Understanding the geriatric variations and developing alternative strategies is critical in the acute care setting.
There is no mandatory retirement age for physicians, but there is good reason to consider how aging may affect their abilities to safely and effectively practice medicine, especially for surgeons. Some healthcare organizations are addressing those concerns with programs that provide additional monitoring and testing for physicians as they age.
In this prospective, randomized, controlled trial, researchers demonstrated improvements in exercise tolerance and diastolic cardiac function in middle-aged, healthy, sedentary men and women performing intensive aerobic exercise over a two-year period.
The first sign of trouble happened when the surgeon was 78. He performed surgery on a woman who subsequently developed a pulmonary embolism. The nurses made urgent calls, but he didn’t respond. The woman died.