Chapter 33

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sanfranfan93
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Chapter 33
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2012-03-25 02:23:27
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Geriatric Emergencies
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  1. What are common conditions in the geriatric community?
    • 1. Hypertension
    • 2. Diagnosed arthritis
    • 3. Heart disease
    • 4. Cancer
    • 5. Diabetes
    • 6. Sinusitis
  2. What are the leading causes of death in the geriatric community?
    • 1. Heart disease
    • 2. Cancer
    • 3. Stroke
    • 4. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
    • 5. Pneumonia and influenza
    • 6. Diabetes
    • 7. Trauma
  3. What does Gems stand for?
    • G-geriatric
    • E-enviroment
    • M-medical assessment
    • S-social assessment
  4. What are the common signs and symptoms of a heart attack in geriatric patients?
    • Dyspnea
    • A weak feeling
    • Syncope, confusionm altered mental status
  5. What is delirium?
    It is a sudden change in mental status, consciousness, or cognitive processes, and is marked by the inability to focus, think logically, and maintain attention.
  6. What is dementia?
    Slow onset of progressive disorientation, shortened attention span and loss of cognitive ability.
  7. What are possible causes of syncope in geriatric patients?
    • Arrhythmias and heart attack
    • Vascular and volume changes
    • Neurologic cause

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