• 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference: Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older AdultsJoin us at the 2020 GAPNA Pharmacology Conference:
    Contemporary Pharmacology and Prescribing in Older Adults

    April 14-18, 2020, Honolulu, HI.

    Earn up to 18 CNE hours.


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  • W A N T E D   G A P N A   L E A D E R S!
    Call for Nominations!

    Have you ever considered stepping forward, accepting the challenge and volunteering for a position on the 2020-21 National Board of Directors? Register online NOW by March 22, 2020!

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  • AwardNew for GAPNA members: MCM Education

    GAPNA has partnered with a MCM Education to offer an ongoing series of CNE programs available to GAPNA members. "Diagnosing and Managing Parkinson’s Disease in Older Adults," is the latest program offered.

    Parkinson’s disease (PD) is characterized by both motor and nonmotor symptoms. It is diagnosed based on the presence of two of four motor symptoms including rest tremor, bradykinesia, rigidity, and gait imbalance...

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  • ConventionCALL FOR: Podium and Poster Abstracts

    For the 38th GAPNA Annual Conference
    at the Hyatt Regency
    New Orleans, LA, September 24-26, 2020

    GAPNA members are invited to submit an abstract about their innovative work, that should enrich the APRN's knowledge and/or enhance the care of an older adult. Deadline March 15, 2020.

    Find out more info and deadline dates

  • FREE CE for GAPNA MembersFREE continuing education credit is available for the following session:

    "Update in Chronic Kidney Disease Management and Prescribing"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

    For January/February 2020 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

Multicomponent Intervention Programs Are Effective in Preventing Delirium in Older Hospital Patients

Delirium affects between 14% and 56% of older hospitalized patients.

It is linked to increased risk for death, postoperative complications, longer hospital and intensive care unit stays, and functional declines. To lessen or prevent the occurrence of delirium, hospitals have implemented multicomponent interventions.

Most are effective in preventing the onset of delirium in at-risk patients in a hospital setting, according to a systematic review of 19 studies. Evidence from the review was insufficient to determine the benefit of such programs in palliative care or long-term care settings.

In addition, the evidence was insufficient to identify which multicomponent interventions are most beneficial, and the studies do not address the question of which components within a program provided the most benefit for delirium prevention.

To learn more, see Reston & Schoelles. (2013). In-facility delirium prevention programs as a patient safety strategy. A systematic review. Annals of Internal Medicine, 158(5, Part 2), 375-380. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-158-5-201303051-00003

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