Tag: Infections

Articles about managing infections in the terminally ill including the challenges facing the patient, caregivers, family, and hospice.

Understanding UTIs in Dementia Patients: A Guide for Caregivers

Urinary Tract Infections
This comprehensive guide helps caregivers understand why urinary tract infections (UTIs) are prevalent in dementia patients. It provides practical advice on prevention, early detection, and effective treatment strategies. Empower yourself with the knowledge to provide the best care for your loved ones.
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Managing Infections in the Geriatric Population

This article will delve into common infections in geriatric patients, encompassing early, middle, and late-stage symptoms, preventive measures, and prevalent treatment approaches, particularly for patients facing a terminal illness prognosis of six months or less.
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Caring for a Loved One with a History of Diverticulitis

Caring for a loved one with a history of diverticulitis requires a combination of preventive measures, early detection of warning signs, and understanding the common signs and symptoms of this condition. Your role as a caregiver is crucial in providing support and assistance to ensure their well-being. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore essential aspects of caring for someone with diverticulitis, including prevention, early warning signs, and treatment options.
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Detecting Infections in Terminally Ill Geriatric Patients with Dementia

One of the most important roles is detecting and managing infections in terminally ill geriatric patients with dementia. These patients are often at higher risk for infections due to their weakened immune systems, underlying health conditions, and limited mobility. Detecting infections in these patients can be challenging due to their limited communication abilities and other cognitive and physical impairments. However, early detection and management of infections can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life and potentially prolong their life.
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The D.O.G.I. at the window case study

As nurses, when we see an acute change of condition, part of what we should be doing in our assessment is determining if there are reversible or treatable elements that are causing the change. In RN school, Dr. Dagen taught the students about using the D.O.G. mnemonic to help us remember that if a patient has an acute change of condition to check whether there were new medications the patient is taking, their O2 saturation level and their glucose level. I would further add that as a hospice nurse dealing with mainly geriatric patients that if there is an altered level of consciousness (LOC)/personality change, to also consider the patient may have an infection. For any of you dealing with geriatric patients add “I” for infection, hence “D.O.G.I.” While this mnemonic is typically used for acute changes of level of consciousness, the thought process behind it can be used for other acute change of patient condition as well.
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