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How to Best Care for Older People with Cognitive Impairment in Emergency Departments
Guest Lecture – 22 May 2018
Presented by Dr Linda Schnitker
This lecture will addresses the challenges that hospital staff face when older people with cognitive impairment (dementia, delirium) present to emergency departments.
It will explore the scientific evidence how to best care for older people with cognitive impairment in the ED setting. Topics that will be explored are ED care processes and structures concerning assessment of cognition, recognising and managing delirium, delirium prevention, pain assessment, managing responsive behaviours, involving carers of people with cognitive impairment in care plans
- Asset Type Guest Lecture
- Learning Pathway Discovery
- Topic Areas Dementia (general)
- Target Audience Residential Aged Care, In Home or Community-Based Care, Hospital, Private Practice, Primary Care, Respite Care, Hospice or Palliative Care, Transition Care
- Target Occupations Medical & Pharmacy, Nursing, Allied Health & Care Support, Services, Management & Administration, Person Living with Dementia / Family Carer, Researcher, Academic, Undergraduate Student
- Target Populations Anyone with Dementia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, Culturally and Linguistic Diverse Groups, Younger Onset Dementia, Homeless Persons, Veterans, LGBTIQ, Care Leavers, Rural, Remote, Metropolitan
- Knowledge Translation Thinking, Doing
Doctor Linda Schnitker
Dr Linda Schnitker is a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology, School of Nursing. Linda completed her Doctor of Philosophy Program at The University of Queensland in 2015. She developed quality indicators specifically for the care of older people with cognitive impairment in emergency departments. Since completing the program, she is dedicated to improve care quality for this vulnerable emergency department population. Her research interests include geriatric emergency nursing, dementia, delirium, and quality improvement.
- Understand and identify responsive behaviours
- Develop understanding of non-pharmacological interventions to address responsive behaviours
- Enhance awareness regarding responsive behaviours, quality of life and activities
1 hour lecture equals 1 point (Nursing) (Allied Health)