Paramedic Test #8 - Chapter 44 - Geriatric Emergencies

  1. What is geriatrics?
    Assessment and treatment of disease in some 65yo+. 
  2. What is atherosclerosis?
    Buildup of fatty plaque on the arteries.  
  3. What is arteriosclerosis?
    Stiffening of the vessel walls.  Contributes to systemic hypertension.  Widening of pulse pressure, decreased coronary perfusion, changes in cardiac ejection fraction.  
  4. What is glaucoma?
    Increase in intraocular pressure severe enough to damage the optic nerve, potentially losing peripheral and central vision.  
  5. What is presbycusis?
    Progressive hearing loss, especially in high frequencies.  
  6. What is proprioception?
    Sense of body position becomes impaired with age.  Increases risk of falling. 
  7. Renal system changes?
    Reduction in functioning nephron units, changes in size and weight of the kidney.  Renal blood flow decreases up to 50% as a person ages.  
  8. Endocrine changes?
    26.9 65yo+ have diabetes and 50% are prediabetic.  Metabolism of carbs becomes more difficult.  Other medications may affect glucose metabolism.  
  9. Immunologic system?
    Elderly can't temperature regulate as well, os a fever may not be present if they have an infection. 
  10. Assessing geriatric - GEMS
    General impression - 

    • G Geriatric Patient
    • Present atypically
    • Deserve respect
    • Experience normal changes with age

    • E Environmental Assessment
    • Condition of the home
    • Hazardous conditions - poor wiring, rotted floors, unventilated gas heaters, broken window, clutter
    • Smoke detectors
    • Too hot or too cold
    • Odor of feces/urine
    • Liquor bottles
    • Telephone access
    • Adequate care facility

    • M Medical Assessment
    • Complex issues - trauma and medical
    • Medical history important
    • Out of date medications
    • Primary assessment
    • Reassessment

    • S Social Assessment
    • Assess daily activities
    • Delays in obtaining medication, help?
    • Able to feed themselves?
    • Social network
  11. Hypovolemia?
    Consider it if the systolic is below 120. 
  12. What is DVT?
    Deep vein thrombosis.  Common cause of pulmonary embolus in which an embolus may become displaced from a larger vein (usually in the leg).  
  13. Thoracic Aortic Disruption
    Occurs when the inside wall of the artery becomes torn and allows blood to collect between the arterial wall layers.  AAA - abdominal aortic aneurysm.  Do a blood pressure reading on both arms with patients with chest pain.  If there is a 15+mmHg difference, then might be a thoracic dissection. 
  14. What is delirium?
    Symptom, not a disease.  Temporary state.  Hallucinations, disorientation, bizarre behavior.
  15. What is dementia?
    Produces irreversible brain failure. Short term memory loss, jargon aphasia, confusion.  Alzheimer is a type of dementia, along with multi-intact or vascular dementia.  Two or more brain functions are impaired.  
  16. What is Parkinson's disease?
    • Two or more - 
    • Resting tremor
    • Bradykinesia - slow moving 
    • rigidity or stiffness of the trunk
    • poor balance

    Dyskinesia - involuntary movements or tremors affecting one or both sides of the body.  
  17. What is herpes zoster?
    Caused by the reactivation of the varicella virus on the nerve roots.  Cluster of tiny blisters on the affected area.  
  18. Cellulitis?
    Acute inflammation in the skin caused by bacterial infection.   
  19. Pressure ulcers
    Occurr when pressure is applied to body tissue resulting in lack of perfusion and ultimately necrosis.  
  20. Osteoporosis?
    Decrease in bone mass leading to reduction in bone strength and greater susceptibility of fracture.  
  21. Osteoarthritis?
    Progressive disease of the joints that destroys the cartilage, promotes the formation of bone spurs in joints, and leads to joint stiffness.  
  22. Rheumatoid arthritis?
    Long term auto-immune disorder that is classified by inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissue.  
  23. Aortic stenosis - 
    When the aortic valve does not open fully, decreasing blood flow from the heart.  
  24. What is spondylosis?
    Degenerative condition resulting in decreased mobility of vertebral joint and compression of neural elements.  
  25. Meniere disease - 
    Inner ear disorder endolymphatic rupture creates pressure on the cochlear duct, damage to organ of Corti and semicircular canal.  Vertigo, tinnitus, sensor-neuronal hearing loss.  
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Paramedic Test #8 - Chapter 44 - Geriatric Emergencies
Paramedic Test #8 - Chapter 44 - Geriatric Emergencies