Gerontologic considerations : Burn

Gerontologic considerations : Burn 150 150 Tony Guo

Gerontologic considerations

  • Normal aging puts the patient at risk for injury because of the possibility of
  • Unsteady gait
    • Limited eyesight
    • Diminished hearing
    • The fact that wounds take longer to heal

    Emotional needs of patient and family

    • Self-esteem may be adversely affected
    • Address spiritual and cultural needs
    • Issue of sexuality must be met with honesty
    • Family and patient support groups

    Special needs of nursing staff

    • You may find it difficult to cope with burn injuries
    • Know you provide care that makes a critical difference
    • Practice good self-care

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