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  1. Neatherlin, Jacquelin S. RN, PhD, CNRN

Abstract

The elderly person who is brain injured requires some special considerations because of the effects of aging on the body and brain. These individuals are increasingly admitted to the intensive care units for trauma from accidents, falls, and so forth. In addition to the care for the problems associated with brain trauma, the nurse must also be aware of the patient's medical history to prevent complications related to drug interactions, fluid overload, or volume deficit. This article addresses these considerations.