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End Matter
eChapter  End Matter
Added: 26/05/2009
This chapter contains the references and index for Aged Care Nursing: A Guide to Practice. As well as the topic index, references for each chapter are provided and they form an invaluable starting poi...nt for those wishing to further pursue specific topics related to care of the elderly.
What's Different About Children?
eChapter  1
Added: 26/05/2009
Children are different from adults in their anatomy, physiology and psychology. As healthy children grow older, illnesses, injuries and the ageing process damage their bodies. This chapter gives an ov...erview of the differences between children and adults, and it is important pre-reading for all subsequent chapters.
Fever and Febrile Convulsions
eChapter  2
Added: 26/05/2009
A fever can be defined as a centrally regulated rise in temperature in response to some pathological stimulus. This chapter informs the reader about how to effectively manage children with fevers......
Coughs, Colds, Sneezes and Wheezes
eChapter  4
Added: 26/05/2009
Coughs, sneezes and wheezes are all signs of various respiratory infections – that is, infections of the nose, throat, airways and lungs. These infections can be caused by bacteria or viruses. This ...chapter discusses conditions that cause ‘coughs, colds, sneezes and wheezes,’ the signs and symptoms, and treatment of various respiratory infections.
Emergency Care
eChapter  13
Added: 26/05/2009
This chapter discusses the emergency care of some potentially life-threatening situations involving children. It includes allergic reactions, seizures and resuscitation, and provides guidance for the ...treatment of these conditions. This material should be the cornerstone of knowledge for any nurse working in the pediatric specialties.
Inserting a Gastrostomy Tube
eChapter  3
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter first discusses care needs before the insertion of a gastronomy tube. The chapter then presents an overview of the procedure for inserting a gastrostomy tube and concludes with a discussi...on of care needs after the insertion of a tube...
Death and Dying in Aged Care
eChapter  1
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter discusses a range of views on where and how care should be provided to older people who are dying. It also identifies important commonalities in hope that they will be utilised to develop... more effective care systems...
Role of Management in Palliative Care
eChapter  2
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter provides an overview of some of the major responsibilities of management in the care of older persons who are dying. It outlines policies, standards of care and procedures and offers advi...ce on staff recruitment...
Cultural Issues - Their Impact on the He...alth and Care of the Ageing Person
eChapter  5
Added: 22/05/2009
The process of ageing, like many other processes in life, is impacted by culture. This chapter offers explanations of what defines culture and its various components and helps to distinguish between c...ultures and encourage acceptance in the aged care community setting.
Mental Health and The Older Citizen
eChapter  12
Added: 22/05/2009
Anxiety and depressive disorders, dementia and delirium are common mental health conditions that affect ageing people. These psychiatric conditions are discussed in detail in this chapter as well as h...ow these problems affect cultural interaction. This is approached within the unique context of citizenship.
Holistic Care: Why and How
eChapter  3
Added: 22/05/2009
Health care professionals working with ageing people in a community setting deal primarily with the impact of the consequences of disease or impairment. They need to be able to assist the elderly indi...vidually as completely as possible. This chapter examines how care can be integrated and delivered for the whole person.
Physical Care
eChapter  6
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter discusses the common physical signs and symptoms of older persons who are dying. It looks at various types of patients and how they should be cared for......
Care of Gastrostomy Tube
eChapter  8
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter discusses the common problems encountered when managing gastrostomy tubes and the likely causes of these problems. The chapter also offers suggestions to reduce (or prevent) their occurre...nce...
Mouth Care
eChapter  9
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter discusses the steps involved in assessing a person's oral health, identifying risk factors and the provision of care to optimise oral health and minimize the development of mouth disorder...s associated with gastrostomy tubes...
Reintroducing Meal Choices
eChapter  6
Added: 22/05/2009
People with a gastrostomy tube can have difficulty adjusting to a lifestyle that lacks food-centered activities. This chapter explores the symbolism of food and the losses experienced by people who ca...n no longer take food orally...
Ageing People Giving and Receiving Care
eChapter  6
Added: 22/05/2009
Ageing people both give and receive care and support within their homes and community. The first section of this chapter takes a global overview of the various challenges people face when they take on... the primary caring role of ageing people. The second part of the chapter looks specifically at ageing people who are carers of the middle-aged or younger people with life-long disabilities, primarily those with an intellectual disability.
Care of the Whole Person
eChapter  8
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter emphasises the importance of a holistic approach to caring for the person who is dying. It focuses on the necessity to look at the person as a whole and not to disregard the psychological..., social, spiritual and cultural matters...
Responding to Dementia
eChapter  15
Added: 22/05/2009
In this chapter dementia as a syndrome is defined and discussed thoroughly. It outlines the progression of the syndrome as it affects the individual, strategies for the carer and also looks at the rol...e of both the carer and community.
Ethical Decision-Making in Palliative Ca...re
eChapter  5
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter discusses the varying degrees of ethical decisions aged-care professionals are faced with at the end of a life they are caring for. It identifies many of the main concerns and provides ca...se studies to highlight the points raised...
Advanced Dementia
eChapter  7
Added: 22/05/2009
This chapter explores aged care workers' responsibility to ensure that their knowledge and skills in respect to the care of people with dementia are in accordance with best practice......

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