Improving surgical outcomes for people with dementia
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Improving surgical outcomes for people with dementia

Diane Loughlin Lecturer, Adult Health, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton, Scotland
Margaret Brown Senior lecturer, Institute of Older Person’s Health and Wellbeing, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton, Scotland

Surgical intervention in older people with dementia is becoming increasingly common as the population ages and the number of people with dementia continues to rise. People with dementia have unique needs that require sensitive management at all stages of hospitalisation for surgery. This article sets out a suggested pathway for the care of these patients, in the form of a flow chart. It discusses recognition and assessment of dementia and delirium, issues of capacity and consent, interventions required for optimum care of older people with dementia and peri-operative management. It explores the role of family and friends in achieving integrated care.

Nursing Standard. 29, 38,50-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.38.50.e9925

Correspondence

diane.loughlin@uws.ac.uk

Peer review

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Received: 19 January 2015

Accepted: 20 February 2015