ASNC 2013: Older Age & Need for Imaging

The Particulars: Previous studies indicate that achieving 10 metabolic equivalents of task (METS) of exercise workload during exercise single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging

Hospital Admission Risk Factors for Older HF Patients | Opinion Article

The number of older people with heart failure (HF) has increased considerably over the past 20 years. Currently, 80% of patients with HF are 65 or older.

Analyzing the Effect of ACE Units for Older Patients | Feature

Using an Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit team model appears to reduce costs and 30-day readmissions. In an era when improving care processes while reducing costs is vital, the ACE model can help hospitals meet these goals.

ICAAC 2013: HZ Vaccination Rates Remain Low in the Elderly | Feature

The Particulars: A 2008 study found that the rate of herpes zoster (HZ) vaccination among patients aged 60 and older was just 6.7%, despite the FDA’s approval

Group Education & Older Diabetics | Opinion Article

Many clinicians are reluctant to refer older patients to group education because they believe they may require more individual attention, but that may not be the case.

Key Principles in Geriatric Surgery | Opinion Article

With the aging population becoming perhaps the greatest force in healthcare, it’s time for most surgeons to consider themselves geriatric surgeons.

AAN 2013: Sweetened Drinks Hike Depression in Seniors | Opinion Article

Older adults who drink sweetened beverages, and artificially sweetened diet drinks in particular, are at increased risk for depression, a large prospective study suggested. Individuals ages 50

ACC.13: Trends in CABG Surgery for Octogenarians | Opinion Article

The Particulars: Patients in the rapidly growing octogenarian population frequently have coronary artery disease (CAD). While CABG is often used to treat CAD, comorbidities and limited life

Managing Older Adults With Mild Head Injuries | News Brief

CT scans do not appear to be necessary for adults presenting to the ED with mild head injuries (MHIs). In a retrospective study of patients with MHI

Managing Cognitive Decline in Older Adults With Diabetes | Feature

Older diabetic patients who have cognitive dysfunction should receive adjusted care that involves simplified treatment regimens and frequent surveillance.

Managing Delirium Among Elderly Patients in the ED | Feature

Studies suggest that emergency physicians are often challenged by identifying and diagnosing delirium in older patients. Gaining a better understanding of delirium may help emergency physicians improve the management of these elderly patients.

Protecting Older, Vulnerable Patients From the Flu | Feature

When considering influenza vaccine resources for the season, it’s important to offer a variety of vaccine options and newer delivery systems.

Goal Setting for Older Adults With Diabetes | Feature

To successfully manage type 2 diabetes in older adults, clinicians must recognize and understand the unique challenges these individuals face. While the benefits of tight glycemic control

Complication Rates With Nephrectomy in Octogenarians | News Brief

Morbidity appears to be significant in patients older than 80 who undergo nephrectomy for renal cell carcinoma, according to results from a small French analysis. For all

Examining the Health Status of Older Americans | News Brief

A report from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics has found that Americans who live to 65 are likely to live an average of 19.2 additional

Comorbidities in Hip Fracture: Costs & Improving Care Delivery | Feature

Comorbidities have a significant effect on the costs of hospitalization and length of stay following hip fractures. Developing a better understanding of the comorbidities that affect hip-fracture patients may help to improve strategies for providing more effective care.

New Guidelines on Osteoporosis in Men | Medical Blog

This week, the Endocrine Society issued guidelines on managing osteoporosis in men. Published in the June 1, 2012 issue of Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the

Managing Diabetes in Older Adults | Feature

Diabetes is an important health condition for the aging population. Different treatment approaches may be necessary to optimize management of the disease in older adults.

Improving Boomeratric Care Services | Opinion Article

The population of baby boomers and geriatric adults—the “boomeratric”™ generation—is continuing to increase in the United States. Implementing initiatives such as a geriatric fracture care program can lead to significant healthcare cost savings and reductions in future hospitalizations while streamlining the continuum of care.

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