Caring for frail patients: best practice
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Caring for frail patients: best practice

Carolyn Wallace Principal lecturer, Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd
Lynda Chandler Programme manager, Frail Older Persons Service Delivery Programme, Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan, Whitchurch Hospital, Cardiff
Audrey Rogers Clinical lead, Rapid Response, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Ebbw Vale Health Centre, Blaenau Gwent
Kate Crosby Divisional nurse, Monmouthshire Locality, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Chepstow Hospital, Chepstow
Nimisha Joshi Community resource team nurse assessor, Intermediate Care Facility, St Woolos Hospital, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Newport
Tanya Spriggs Divisional nurse, Torfaen Locality, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Mamhilad House, Pontypool
Chris Hill Divisional nurse, Torfaen Locality, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, Mamhilad House, Pontypool

Frailty has become synonymous with vulnerability and is a state caused by many factors, including disability, recurrent infection and multiple co-morbidities. The Gwent frailty service recognises the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to care, including timely recognition of frailty in patients and referral to the most appropriate services to optimise management and treatment.

Nursing Standard. 26, 28,50-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.03.26.28.50.c8995

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