Clinical Practice Features
Omeprazole and drug interactions in older patients
Alcohol and substance misuse in the older patient
Elder abuse: what are the red flags for a healthcare professional?
Assessment and diagnosis of insomnia in primary care
Post-operative cognitive dysfunction in fractured neck of femur surgery (Part 2)
Specialist Geriatric secrets for the non-Geriatrician
Older people and social care: how to fund a better system
Age UK recently hosted a series of listening events where older people receiving social care and their family carers told leading politicians about the problems they face and how to fund a better system. The charity hopes that the views and experiences of people for whom a better care system cannot come too soon will help to inform the Social Care Green Paper, which the Government has said it will publish ‘by the summer’.
A case of hypervitaminosis D in an older patient
This case focuses on how a patient acquired a toxic and very high level of vitamin D while on a recommended daily maintenance dose. It emphasises the need for best practice to ensure patients’ safety in terms of monitoring of vitamin D levels in patients with renal failure to prevent vitamin D toxicity.
A case of asymptomatic hyperkalaemia
Falls: more than just mechanical
Serving an ageing population is one of the biggest challenges faced by the NHS. Falls are a common presentation in this cohort where the cause is often multi-factorial and reversible. We as clinicians need to dig deeper in our histories, observe more closely in our examinations and broaden our differentials to ensure we don’t slip up.