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Authors

  1. Giambattista, Laura RN, BSN, CMSRN
  2. Howard, Richard RN, BSN, CCRN, PHN, HHP
  3. Ruhe Porto, Raquel RN, BSN, CCRN
  4. Barker, Nancy RN, CCRN, WCC
  5. Carroll, Dawn RN, MSN
  6. Pfeiffer, Judith PhD, RN, NEA-BC
  7. Davidson, Judy E. DNP, RN, FCCM

Abstract

Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders provides evidence-based best practices for the care of the hospitalized older adult. Older adults are a vulnerable population at greater risk of functional decline during and after hospitalization, safety concerns related to polypharmacy, ineffective pain management, and population-specific physiological responses to medications. Family members of hospitalized older adults are also vulnerable and may experience postintensive care syndrome. This manuscript explores the application of Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders standards through a case study approach to optimize patient/family-centered care of the critically ill older adult.