• 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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  • 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.

    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!

  • Online CEThe Best of 2019!

    A LIVE rebroadcast event featuring 5 of GAPNA's Best CE sessions from 2019

    January 21, 2020 from 11:30 am - 5:15 pm EST

    $39 for GAPNA Members $59 for Non-Members


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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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