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25 Cards in this Set

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What age group makes up the geriatrics
65 and older
What is the trend for old people living alone
Rising 13 million by 2010
What are some difficulties when assessing Geriatrics
Multiple problems
Differing between age problems and illness and injuries
List 5 body systems effected by age
List 3 aging changes in the integumentary system
More prone to bruising and longer healing time
Thinner skin
Sense of touch is dulled
List 3 aging changes in the cardiovascular system
Diminished pumping action
Degeneration of the conduction system
Loss of elasticity in the vascular system
Change in BP
What is atherosclerosis
Accumulation of gunk in the vessels
What is arteriosclerosis
Harding of the arteries
What does decreased ciliary activity mean
The small hairs in the respiratory system decrease in number
What does a decrease in Psycho motor skills cause in geriatric patients
What is Kyphosis
A humped back or bending forward of the thoracic spine
What is lordosis
Bending backward of the lumbar spine
What is poly-pharmacy
Multiple medications often from different doctors and pharmacies
How should you interact with the elderly
Use their proper name
Maintain eye contact
Ask questions 1 at a time
Wait for answers
Do not assume Altered LOC is normal
What are the two main causes of trauma in the elderly
Falls is number 1
Auto accidents is number 2
What may be required to make the elderly more comfortable when back-boarded
How are vitals sign orthostatic in the elderly
Patients blood pressure changes when they are standing up vs siting down
List two Altered Mental statues seen in the elderly
You have an elderly patient showing the signs of abnormal breathing sounds, JVD, peripheral edema, fatigue and dyspnea. What should you suspect
What is a Pulmonary Embolism
A blood clot in the lung.
List some causes of Dyspnea in the elderly
COPD - Emphysema Chronic Bronchitis
Pulmonary Edema
What is a Transient Ischemic Attack
Reduced blood flow to an area of the brain causing stroke like symptoms that usually diminish in 24 hours
List some risk factors affecting mortality in the elderly
Age >75
Living alone
Recent death of spouse
Recent hospital visit
Unsound mind
List some things that cause emotional and psychological changes in the elderly
Loss of physical function
Loss of family and friends
Financial strain
What should be noted in the scene size-up of an elderly patient
Condition of the home
Signs of Abuse and neglect