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Chronic disorder resulting in dementia
Alzheimer's disease
When an elderly person replaces lost circumstances with imaginary ones
Confabulation
Abnormally low body temperature
Hypothermia
An inflammation in the tissue of the lung
Pneumonia
A separation of the layers of the artery described as a tearing sensation
Aortic dissection
Elderly person, generally considered 65 years of age or older
Geriatric
An abnormal heart rhythm
Dysrhythmia
An outpouching of the intestine provides a sac where food can lodge and cause inflammation
Diverticulosis
Starting at age ___ , our organ systems lose about ___ function
each year.
A. 20,1%
B. 20; 2%
C. 30, 1%
D. 40, 2%
C. 30, 1%
Older patients are at least twice as likely to use EMS as younger patients.
Older patients' traumatic complaints are often due to:
A. a medical problem.
B. sporting events.
C. a car crash or fall.
D. none of the above.
C. a car crash or fall.
Assessing the airway of an older patient is often difficult because of dentures and because:
A. large, poorly chewed pieces of food are often found.
B. dysrhythmias occur frequently.
C. an older person's trachea is usually narrower.
D. of arthritic changes in the bones of the neck.
D. of arthritic changes in the bones of the neck.
Since older patients are less likely to show severe symptoms in certain conditions, it can be difficult to:
A. find a radial pulse.
B. determine a patient's priority.
C. assess for foreign body obstruction.
D. note sudden onset of weakness.
B. determine a patient's priority
After interviewing an elderly patient, the family tells you that some of the
patient's resporises were incorrect. This is sometimes the result of neurological
problems as well as:
A. paranoia.
B. depression.
C. medications.
D. all of the above.
C. medications.
When a patient replaces lost circumstances with imaginary ones, this
is known as:
A. depression.
B. confabulation.
C. flustering.
D. dysrhythmia.
B. confabulation.
Many older people have a __ threshold for pain.
A. high
B. low
C. decreased sensitivity
D. all of the above
D. all of the above
As a person ages, the systolic blood pressure has a tendency to:
A. decrease.
B. increase.
C. become erratic.
D. stay constant.
B. increase.
Hip fractures are common in elderly patients, especially women, due to:
A. women's shorter legs.
B. motor vehicle collisions.
C. abnormal curvature of the hip.
D. loss of calcium.
D. loss of calcium.
An EMT should consider that any injury of an elderly person could be a
sign of:
A. a severe fall.
B. Alzheimer's disease.
C. abuse or neglect.
D. depression.
C. abuse or neglect.
What is the result of diminished liver and kidney function
Increased toxicity from alcohol and medications; diminished ability of blood to clot
What is the result of Fewer taste buds, less saliva; less acid production and slower movement in digestive system
Difficulty chewing and swallowing; less enjoyment of
eating; difficulty digesting and absorbing food; constipation;
early feeling of fullness when eating