• Medication concerns in the elderly
  • Reassessing drug requirements and administration
  • Reviewing patient compliance

Several studies have shown that medication-related illness among the elderly is rising. Drugs can be a friend or an enemy and there are many age-specific factors that increase the risk of adverse reactions to medications in the elderly. In this chapter, learn how to safely use medication in aged care.

Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Medication problems in the elderly
  • The ageing process and pharmacokinetics
  • Polypharmacy
  • Problems of compliance
  • Side-effects
  • Recommendations
  • Reviewing drug requirements
  • Reviewing compliance
  • Reviewing non-prescription drugs and treatments
  • Checking for hoarding
  • Conclusion
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Geoff Sussman holds a position in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science at Monash University and he has been a faculty member of the summer school on wounds at St Anne’s College, Oxford University. He has been involved in wound management for over 30 years in clinical research, clinical practice and teaching, and is the founder of the Wound Foundation of Australia. He was the inaugural Secretary of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies 2000-2004 and the Chairman of the Education Commission of the World Union from 2004 to 2008. He is associate editor of the International Wo...

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