Trauma in Older Adults
- : West Lakes SA 5021
Seemingly trivial trauma can result in severe harm in older adults. As older adults represent a huge proportion of people that many nurses care for on a daily basis, understanding these vulnerabilities and how we can prevent unnecessary anguish is everyone’s responsibility. This conference looks at how nurses can prevent the consequences of trauma in older people. Includes:
- Why ‘routine’ procedures can cause trauma in an older adult
- How to assess an older adult following trauma
- Speaking up against unnecessary interventions in older adults
- Psychological impacts of trauma - PTSD in older adults
- Calling out elder abuse
- When wounds won’t heal…
- Professional and legal obligations around advocacy and much, much more…
Attend this conference if you regularly care for older adults - in any clinical setting, not just aged care. Book now!
Schedule Day One
The Goal Need for Program
As Australians live longer, incidents of trauma in older adults increase. Seemingly trivial trauma can result in severe harm as older persons have less ability to compensate for their injury. The mortality from geriatric trauma is high, approximately 4-5 times that of younger patients. Falls are the most common cause of injury and result in high hospitalisation rates in people aged 65+ in Australia. Transfer to hospital increase further risk for trauma due to iatrogenic and other complications. Recognition, response and management of risks are crucial to achieving the best outcome. The cost to all concerned can be significantly reduced when nurses are attuned to the causes and appropriate management of geriatric trauma.
Purpose of Program
This conference provides nurses with education that will enable better clinical decision-making relating to recognition, response and management of trauma in older adults.
Your learning outcomes:
Identify older people in your care who are at risk of trauma and put in place measures to avoid injury
Educate relevant people and colleagues about the significance of trauma prevention in older adults
Apply new knowledge of holistic nursing interventions for trauma management of older persons to maximise their healing outcomes
Include principles of advocacy and holistic care planning to obtain the best possible long term quality of life for the person in their living situation
To Be Determined