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Keywords

continuous process improvement, geriatric critical care

 

Authors

  1. Sarsfield, Erin MSN, RN

Abstract

The demographics of our country are changing. With increased life expectancy comes more elderly critical care patients whom may have never sought medical care until a critical event has occurred. Approximately 40% of intensive care unit patients are elderly. We must pay close attention to this group of patients and continually strive to give them the best care possible. By utilizing continuous process improvement strategies, which are similar in many ways to the nursing process, we can best meet their needs.