Caring for Patients with Dementia in an Acute Care Environment


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Abstract

Although hospital nurses are skilled in meeting the acute health needs of the elderly, they may not have the expertise required to manage the behavioral disturbances typically seen in this population. Using the Progressively Lowered Stress Threshold Model (PLST), this article helps identify factors that may precipitate undesirable behaviors in the acute care setting and suggests strategies to help nurses prevent or control them.

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