Geriatrics and Palliative Care

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Geriatrics and Palliative Care

Resources for managing geriatrics and palliative care patients

5  articles in this collection
Written by Angie Shen, Laurie-Anne Duquette, Amina Ouali, 

Malnutrition in elderly patients

52,7 % of patients over 65 years old in this study were malnourished and 27,5%were at risk of malnutrition. Main probable reasons that explain malnutrition are: The protein that made up muscles was consumed by the acute inflammatory response to the infection; Comorbidity with diabetes mellitus; Gastro-intestinal symptoms caused by SARS-CoV-2 exacerbated malnutrition; Poor appetite of patients, which […]

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05/27/2020

Psychological effects on the Elderly

More than a third of the elderly questioned reports symptoms of anxiety and depression. Women seem to be more affected than men.1 The social isolation of the elderly in times of quarantine puts them at risk of developing symptoms of anxiety and depression.2,3 Fear of contracting SARS and social isolation were found to be statistically […]

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05/12/2020

What Measures Should Be Taken in Order to Provide Adequate Palliative Care During a Pandemic?

IN COMMUNITY SETTINGS :  Discussion between clinicians and patients should be held concerning the patient’s values and goals of care, particularly if the patient is older or presents comorbidities. IN HOSPITALS :  Clinicians should engage in discussions with hospitalized patients to understand their values and goals. A shared decision should be made concerning code status […]

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04/14/2020

Why Is it Important to Provide Palliative Care during a Pandemic?

It avoids unwanted hospitalizations and intensive treatments. This can hypothetically alleviate the burden of the crisis on health care systems, namely on its workers and on the straining resources. Avoiding non-beneficial high intensity therapies can lower the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to other patients, family members and health care workers. Palliative care has the […]

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04/14/2020

How Might a Pandemic Impact Palliative Care?

Many healthcare systems will resort to triage systems, hence denying critically ill patients a chance at treatments that could potentially be lifesaving. These patients will be expected to receive palliative care.   An increase of mortality is to be expected due to the pandemic, particularly with older patients and patients with comorbidities. This will be aggravated […]

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04/14/2020