presented by Constance Sheets
Financial— Constance Sheets receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Constance Sheets, DNP, RN, GCNS-BC
Dr. Sheets has taught in the undergraduate nursing program at Valparaiso University since 2004. She is certified in gerontology and has an extensive home health background. She has co-authored articles that have been published in Rehabilitation Nursing and Nursing Education Perspectives, and has been a content reviewer for a gerontological nursing textbook. Professor Sheets has…Read full bio
1. Background: Hydration Status
Elderly SNF residents are at high risk for dehydration and infections due to fragility and comorbid conditions. This chapter will focus on physiological changes of aging in relation to hydration status and debility that can put the elder at risk for developing dehydration and infections. Signs and symptoms of dehydration and assessment parameters will be identified; the genitourinary system will also be discussed. Strategies to promote normal hydration status will be promoted.
2. Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
The urinary tract is a common site of infection that can lead to acute morbidity and long-term complications. This chapter will discuss pathophysiology, risk factors, prevention strategies, and signs and symptoms of a UTI. Assessing a resident’s hydration status and recognizing a developing UTI will be reviewed to prevent readmissions.
Septicemia is a serious condition that is often associated with a high rate of mortality. Costs of treating septicemia are great, and septicemia has been touted as an illness that causes the most readmissions of Medicare recipients. This chapter will discuss the pathophysiology, risk factors, prevention strategies, treatment options, and signs and symptoms of septicemia. Nursing strategies to identify and recognize septicemia to prevent hospital readmission will be developed.
4. Case Study
In this case study, the learner will be able to synthesize what was learned in prior chapters of this course. Interactive technology will allow the learner to use their new knowledge and skills to meet the learning objectives to prevent readmission of high-risk residents.