The author of the article linked below is Aging Reporter for the Sarasota Herald Tribune newspaper. Her article below, entitled "Rethinking the Hospital Experience for Older Patients," discusses some things hospitals now do that are actually detrimental
to the treatment and recovery of older patients in particular. She suggests ways to change this, and some of her suggestions invite discussion.
From the article: "Post Hospital Syndrome … [is] the period of vulnerability to new health threats that can be unrelated to the primary reason for the hospital stay. Medicare patients … become weakened due to the stresses of routine acute care.""… [we must deal with] the phenomenon of elders emerging from their bouts of hospitalization sicker and weaker than when they went in, contributing to return trips to the hospital within 30 days for one in five Medicare patients.""We're going to have fewer hospitalizations in the future, and more care where people live ... and mobilize a health care team to deliver services where patients live."
A couple of other stressful factors mentioned that can contribute to a weakened state in older patients during a hospital stay: irregular sleep, as when being awakened multiple times during the night so a nurse can take vital readings such as blood pressure (remember that one, everybody?); or having to skip meals in order to do the fasting required for certain tests.
One interesting idea suggested in the article is, whenever it seems desirable, to have discharged older patients wear monitoring devices at home for a while, which sound an alarm when readings go outside desired parameters, and the hospital and/or doctor is automatically and immediately alert
An interesting read, especially for those of us within the older age group. www.heraldtribune.com/article/20151224/NEWS/151229810/0/fast
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