For National Nursing Week (May 7-13), the Canadian Nurses Association and Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association released six new recommendations of tests and treatments to question in Nursing Gerontology. This list highlights the importance of nurses and patients engaging in conversations about necessary tests and treatments that lead to smart and effective care choices.
The six new recommendations include:
Don’t routinely suggest antimicrobial treatment for older persons unless they are consistent with their goals of care.
Don’t routinely use intravenous antimicrobials for older persons who can take and absorb oral medications.
Don’t send frail older persons to the hospital unless their urgent needs and goals of care cannot be met in their current setting.
Don’t encourage bed rest for older persons during a hospital stay unless medically indicated.
Don’t use restraints with older persons unless all other alternatives have been explored.
Don’t use a q2h turning routine unless it meets the older person’s plan of care.