Posts Tagged ‘Geriatrics’

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March 8th, 2017

Planning for End-of-Life Care: Patients and Providers Working Together

I was sitting alone in a parking lot last Tuesday, waiting to meet one of my undergraduate students and her nursing preceptor for a hospice home visit. Little did I know, sitting there in my car, that I would not make it to that visit; instead I was redirected by a phone call to the […]


August 18th, 2016

The Caregiver Conundrum

My patient’s daughter, Jane, sits tensely on the edge of the wingback chair. Leaning forward slightly, her body, like a jack-in-the-box, stays seated, and she fires the question, “Do you really think my mother is ready to come home? Is this safe?” Rippling beneath her intense body language and direct questioning is a pervasive fear that […]


July 13th, 2016

Running Through Life

The morning air has a chill, but pockets of early sun stream through the trees, melting on my skin, giving me goosebumps. I shiver and jog slowly to warm up, watching the relaxed runners chatting, pinning on race numbers, and the serious runners alone, earbuds intact, stretching on the grass. “Fifteen minutes to race time!” […]


June 3rd, 2016

The Sound of Silence

Skilled rehabilitation facilities are faced with a troubling trend. Rather than the majority of patients recovering with straightforward joint replacement surgeries, these facilities have become a crossroad for patients to transition to long-term, palliative, or hospice care. Patients discharging from the hospital assume that during a period of one to two weeks, they will transform […]


April 27th, 2016

A Shift Towards Well-Being

It’s 3:00 pm in the nursing home — a pivotal moment each day when residents are jolted out of their daytime routine into the regimen of the evening. For the staff at the facility, it’s simply the daily change of shift. The elders sit in the communal living space, dotted with mismatched chairs, a small table […]


March 22nd, 2016

The Art of Listening – Beyond Your Patient

Opening the door slowly, I poked my head in the dimly lit room and glimpsed my patient’s petite frame leaning forward in her bed. I sat on the edge of the mattress, noting how tired the patient looked. The physical therapist was concluding the last session prior to her discharge that afternoon. After inquiring how the […]


February 18th, 2016

The Human-Centered Alternative

My 19-month-old son wrapped his legs around my waist and pointed to the fluorescent ceiling light centered over the small hospital bed. I noticed the tiny hospital gown and socks in plastic packaging waiting to be opened. A brightly colored stacking toy sat on the window sill next to the computer and piped-in gas lines. […]


December 2nd, 2015

A Melange of Medications

It’s unavoidable — treating the frail, confused, 80 year-old patient with congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease in your office, emergency department, or hospital ward. In geriatrics, often acute presentations are the result of harmful medical interactions, resulting in falls, toxicity, delirium, or acute kidney injury. Over time, many […]


November 25th, 2015

Looking and Finding

Harrison Reed, PA-C, practices emergency medicine in Las Vegas, NV. I sat in the bulky padded chair and eyed the mechanical gadgetry around me. “What did you say this was for?” I tried to not sound confrontational, but there must be some deformity of my vocal cords that makes it hard. “It’s called a CT scanner,” the […]


October 28th, 2015

Much Ado About a Fall

Charity Maniates, MSPA, MPH, PA-C practices geriatric medicine in Maine. At 3:00 AM the pager furiously buzzes on my bedside table, jolting me out of sleep. I grapple with my iPhone and call the nursing facility to address the emergency. The nurse brightly reports that a patient had a fall without injury — her third […]


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