Older adults (OA) are at risk for potential hazards of hospitalization, these include: immobility, delirium, medication side effects, malnutrition, pressure ulcers, procedures, peri- and postoperative periods, and hospital-acquired infections and more. Discuss in detail three potential hazards for this population while in the hospital and identify potential prevention strategies for each hazard.
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- Pressure ulcers
- Pressure ulcers among the older generation while in hospital is a serious hazard that diminish the patient’s quality of life and escalates the hospital care cost. Existing evidence shows that pressure ulcers can arise after a couple of hours of immobility. A significant number of the elderly emergently admitted hospital patients develop the ulcers soon after their admission. Improved models of care may be needed to ensure that preventive interventions are offered early in the patient’s hospital…