Reflective accounts

Agitation

A CPD article helped Rachel Booth understand how to reduce and avoid agitation when caring for older people.

A CPD article helped Rachel Booth understand how to reduce and avoid agitation when caring for older people

Abstract

The CPD article about caring for older people experiencing agitation is relevant to my practice. I work on an acute oncology assessment ward, which provides rapid assessment and care for acutely unwell patients.

A significant proportion of our patients are older adults. Many have acute episodes of confusion and agitation, and some also have dementia, which can be challenging in an acute environment. The article provided useful guidance on preventing agitation, and on the importance of the environment and staff communication skills. These are central to holistic person-centred care.

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This reflective account is based on NS786 Pritchard JC, Brighty A (2015) Caring for older people experiencing agitation. Nursing Standard. 29, 30, 49-58.

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