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Geriatric Patient Health Assessment

Describe the elements of a comprehensive health assessment of a geriatric patient. What special considerations should the nurse keep in mind while performing this assessment?

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Assessing a geriatric patient should extend beyond the standard adult comprehensive history and accompanying physical examination. For older patients a comprehensive health assessment often involves dealing with complex and overlying medical conditions.

Considerations a nurse should keep in mind include but are not limited to the following list:

1. A comprehensive review of medications the patient is currently taking and a list of previous medications along with any associated complications. The review ...

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Assessing a geriatric patient should extend beyond the standard adult comprehensive history and accompanying physical examination. For older patients a comprehensive health assessment often involves dealing with complex and overlying medical conditions.

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