What do you think nursing should do to prevent the patient from entering the downward spiral of the geriatric cascade?

Case Study

Read the following case description, and post your responses to the questions below on the discussion board: Your patient has pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital via the ER.

She is 85 years old, lives alone, and appears frail. She has been falling lately when she gets up in the mornings. She takes 21 prescription and OTC medications including a benzodiazepine, antihypertensive, and diuretic.

1 What do you think could be contributing to her recent history of falling?

2. What do you think nursing should do to prevent the patient from entering the downward spiral of the geriatric cascade?

3.When she is ready for discharge from acute care, what issues should be addressed in discharge planning?

4.What services might she require upon discharge?

OTC medications


  What do you think nursing should do to prevent the patient from entering the downward spiral of the geriatric cascade? What do you think nursing should do to prevent the patient from entering the downward spiral of the geriatric cascade?
What do you think nursing should do to prevent the patient from entering the downward spiral of the geriatric cascade?