As the older adult population increases, healthcare providers across disciplines will be caring for more acutely ill older adult patients. Many will have infectious diseases because older adults are at an increased risk for acquiring infectious diseases and developing associated complications. The increase in the aging population is an enormous challenge for healthcare professionals. Healthcare professionals must be equipped with the appropriate knowledge to understand how age-related changes in the immune system increase the risk for and severity of common infections in older adult patients. The goal of this course is to help healthcare professionals understand how age-related changes in the immune system increase the risk and severity of common infections in older adult patients.
Approved for 1.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed dietitians by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-D1058. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Aging Immune Systems
An Aging Population
The Aging Immune System
The Effect of Nutrition on an Aging Immune System
How to Best Protect Older Adults
Section 3: Clinical Vignette
Marie and Tom
Section 4: Conclusion
Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN is a SME writer for Relias with over 13 years of acute care experience in nursing. She began working in adult critical care at Wake Med Cary Hospital in 2011, obtained her CCRN certification in 2016, and served in the role of Rapid Response/Code Blue/Rounding RN for over 2 years. She continues to work as a staff nurse in the intensive care unit. Laura has a passion for education and excellence in nursing care. She has been involved in numerous special projects and educational activities to improve staff development, evidence-based clinical practice, and patient satisfaction. She continues to strive for excellence in education and clinical development as an acute care course writer. Disclosure: Laura Bell, BSN, RN, CCRN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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