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Case Challenge: Repeated Falls, Muscle Weakness, and Dizziness in an 80-Year-Old Patient

Published:September 03, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2022.07.018

      Highlights

      • Older adult patients with repeated falls may experience overlapping conditions that must be considered.
      • A comprehensive geriatric assessment is critical to identifying an older adult’s medical conditions, mental health, functional capacity, social circumstances, and care and treatment needs.
      • Obtaining a complete medication history, including medication review, is an essential aspect of clinical decision-making and creating a plan of care.

      Abstract

      Accurate assessment and management of older adult patients with a history of repeated falls are critical to their overall health status. In older adults, falls are a sign of frailty, immobility, and chronic or acute health impairment. A detailed comprehensive geriatric assessment and medication review are essential for a successful diagnosis and treatment plan.

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      Biography

      Reham M. Yasin, MSN, RN, is a Nursing PhD student at UNC Greensboro, NC, specializing in Adult-Gerontological Nursing/Nurse Practitioner, and can be contacted at [email protected] .

      Biography

      Kira J. Durr, PharmD, BCGP, is a senior care consultant pharmacist, Burlington, NC.