• 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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  • 2019 Senior Report Senior Report: Older Americans have more options for home care, but still struggling.

    The United Health Foundation has released results of a sweeping new study benchmarking the health of older adults. The America's Health Rankings® Senior Report was created in partnership with GAPNA to improve the health of America's seniors.

    The data will help advanced practice nurses and other providers deliver quality care.

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

    "Dementia Management Update"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

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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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