• 38th Annual GAPNA Conference

    October 3-5, 2019 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.

    Focused education; lasting connections, networking, free access to the GAPNA Online Library.

    Earn up to 21 contact hours (including pre-conference workshops).

    Get more information and register now!

  • 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.

    Find out about it!

  • 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...

    Find out about it!

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

    "Dementia Management Update"

    (session captured at the GAPNA 2018 Annual Conference)

    For September/October 2019 - Get Your Free CNE Now!

Predicting Mortality Risk for Severely Injured Older Patients with Complications

Geriatric trauma patients experience poorer survival and greater complication rates when severely injured compared with younger patients with comparably severe injuries.

In a national dataset of 285,000 hospitalized patients with moderate-to-severe traumatic injury, researchers found nearly all infections in the post-injury hospital course were associated with at least double the risk of death for older (65 and older) versus younger (18 to 64 years old) patients.

These infections ranged from pneumonia, abscess, wound infection, urinary tract infections, and aspiration pneumonia. Certain noninfectious complications also were identified with greater mortality among older patients, including failure of reduction/fixation, pressure ulcer, deep venous thrombosis, pneumothorax, pulmonary embolism, and compartment syndrome.

To learn more, see Min et al. (2013). A simple clinical risk nomogram to predict mortality-associated geriatric complications in severely injured geriatric patients. Journal of Trauma Acute Care Surgery, 74(4), 1125-1132. doi:10.1097/TA.0b013e31828273a0

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