Transitioning the Older Adult in the Ambulatory Care Setting

Joan M. Nelson, Jane M. Carrington

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Abstract

Transitions between care settings are periods of vulnerability for patients. This is especially true for older adults, for whom comorbidities and functional impairments can increase the complexity of care and the need for multiple caregivers can compromise safety. Poor care transitions can result in costly hospital admissions. For this reason, leading health care organizations have initiated programs to improve the quality of transitions; however, to date, the ambulatory surgical setting has not been a focus of these initiatives. The ambulatory setting serves an increasingly complex patient population and provides the majority of elective surgeries, and adapting some of the transition tools that have been tested in other settings will benefit health care providers and patients in the ambulatory setting. Identifying periods of transition and risk, implementing electronic health records across all phases of patient care, and using evidence-based tools at each transitional stage can optimize the quality and safety of patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)348-361
Number of pages14
JournalAORN journal
Volume94
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011

Keywords

  • Ambulatory care setting
  • Care transitions
  • Clinical tools
  • Communication
  • Electronic health record
  • Older adult patients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medical–Surgical

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