Recognition and management of patients with frailty in the emergency department
Intended for healthcare professionals
CPD    

Recognition and management of patients with frailty in the emergency department

Joy Reid Nurse consultant, medicine of the elderly, Victoria Hospital, NHS Fife, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Lorna Brocklesby Team lead integrated assessment team, NHS Fife, Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Why you should read this article:
  • To recognise the signs and symptoms of frailty

  • To familiarise yourself with commonly used frailty screening tools that can be used in acute and emergency care settings

  • To contribute towards revalidation as part of your 35 hours of CPD (UK readers)

  • To contribute towards your professional development and local registration renewal requirements (non-UK readers)

In the UK, around 10% of adults aged over 65 years and around one quarter to a half of adults aged over 85 years have frailty. Early identification of frailty can improve patient outcomes, so it is vital that emergency department (ED) healthcare professionals, including nurses, understand and can recognise the signs and symptoms of this health state. This article describes frailty and outlines the relationship between common presenting complaints in older people in the ED and frailty syndromes. The article summarises some commonly used frailty screening tools that have been validated for use in acute and emergency care settings and details a frailty screening tool used in the authors’ hospital. The authors also outline some important principles of management of patients with frailty in the ED.

Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2022.e2136

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joy.reid@nhs.scot

Conflict of interest

None declared

Reid J, Brocklesby L (2022) Recognition and management of patients with frailty in the emergency department. Emergency Nurse. doi: 10.7748/en.2022.e2136

Published online: 06 December 2022

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