Identifying abuse of elderly people
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Identifying abuse of elderly people

Fiona L Howell Staff nurse, And Alison Hopwood is senior staff nurse in the Emergency Department, North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary

Fiona Howell and Alison Hopwood report on the phenomenon of elder abuse and their experience of a visit to North America to learn more about both A&E and community responses to it

With the elderly population increasing rapidly, and people living well into their 70’s and 80’s (1), it is not surprising that the number of elderly people attending AE departments has also increased. Elderly attenders have their own specific needs and requirements, and many attend with illness and injuries specific to their age group.

Emergency Nurse. 3, 1, 7-9. doi: 10.7748/en.3.1.7.s3

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