Reducing Preventable Hospitalizations – Infection Risks

Stopping the downward health spiral by reducing preventable hospitalizations. Infection Risks Edition. Why are infections in older adults so problematic??

Risk Factors for Older Adults

  1. Diminished Immune Response
  2. Malnutrition
  3. Co-morbidities & attendant medications
  4. Cognitive deficits that negatively impact sanitary habits
  5. Diminished ability to identify and report symptoms
  6. Functional impairments such as incontinence or mobility
  7. Blunted febrile response
  8. Use of invasive devices such as catheters
  9. Decompensation and weakness following acute health event
  10. Delicate & thinned epidermis

Common Infectious Diseases in Older Adults

  1. Data on infections
  2. Pneumonia
  3. Influenza
  4. Urinary Tract Infections
  5. Sepsis
  6. Hospital Acquired Infections

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