Testing The Effects Of Nursing Education On Pharmacodynamics In The Elderly: The Impact On Fall Rates | 18161
Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research
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A pretest-posttest no control group design was conducted to test nursing knowledge on adverse drug reactions and
geriatricpharmacology for nursing staff in a skilled rehabilitation center in the Midwest. Twenty-six staff nurses were
educated onfundamental geriatric pharmacology and physiological changes occurring during the aging process that can
ultimately affectpharmacodynamics in the elderly. Results of a 2-tailed t-test showed a significant increase in posttest scores
(t ? test (50) = 3.53,p=0.003). Retrospective fall and medication data collected over two months in 2011 and two months in
2012 were compared.The incidence of falls decreased (44.7%) with total number of residents falling (30.7%) post intervention
in 2012. Resultssuggest staff nurses need to have continuing pharmaceutical education and medication management classes
about the elderly.
These data suggest critical roles for Cr/NF-κB signaling in memory and suggest that the regulation of cellular
energyhomeostasis may be one potential mechanism that becomes dysfunctional as we age and in AD. The data also suggest
that theuse of Cr might provide resilience to aging and may prevent AD by enhancing mitochondrial function in key areas of
the braininvolved in memory processing.
Joanne M Zanetos completed her DNP with a specialization in Nursing Education at Duquesne University at 56 years. She completed her MSN and BSN
fromCapital University and her ADN from Columbus Technical Institute. She currently works in the Grad-entry program and online RN to BSN program at the Ohio
StateUniversity College of Nursing. She is an associated clinical faculty member who also serves in community outreach programs to educate stakeholders on
healthand wellness prevention. She serves as a judge in the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum at The Ohio State University. She has recently published
her workon associations between drug interactions and falls in the older adult.
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