Master's degree in Nursing and Obstetrics (Bolzano)

Advanced methods of assessment, prevention and assistance to the family and to the communities - ASSESSMENT E GESTIONE DELLA DISABILITA' E DELLO STATO COGNITIVO DELL'ANZIANO

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Albert March
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LMSIO BZ - 1° ANNO 1° SEM. dal Nov 14, 2019 al Mar 14, 2020.

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Learning outcomes

This training module aims to develop the necessary nursing skills in the field of assessment, monitoring and clinical surveillance of signs and symptoms in patients in the geriatric age. The various operational settings (hospital, residential facilities for the elderly and the territory) will be considered with the aim of providing the learner with validated tools, capable of allowing correct clinical evaluation and subsequent assistance planning of the case in every area of care.
Given the high prevalence of cerebrovascular and cognitive problems in the elderly population, particular attention will be paid to deepening these aspects both as regards the diagnostic aspect, with the use of appropriate detection tools, and the assistance aspect with the intent to offer more appropriate treatment for the individual patient.


Neuromotor assessment: assessment of consciousness and assessment scales, pupil assessment, reflexes and eye movements. Physiological and pathological reflexes. Sensitivity and motility disorders, tremors and involuntary movements, paralysis, paresis, spasticity, flaccidity, atrophy and fasciculations. Walking and walking disturbances. Early indicators of stroke both at home and within the hospital.
Cognitive assessment: Glossary. Cognitive impairment. Memory loss. Confusional state and delirium.
Assessment and management of behavioral disorders in dementia.
Evaluation of delirium (hyperkinetic, hypokinetic, mixed) evaluation tools (CAM); prevention interventions.
Evaluation of pain in the person with cognitive decline.
The classroom meetings involve the use of lectures with slides, group discussions and exercise with assessment tools.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Abhaya Gupta Assessmentinstrumente für alte Menschen (Edizione 1) HUBER 2012 978-3-456-84805-1
Sabine Bartholomeyczik Assessmentinstrumente in der Pflege (Edizione 2) Schlütersche Verlagsgesellschaft 2009 978-3-89993-224-9
American Psychiatric Association DSM5 (Edizione 1) Hogrefe 2015 978-3-8017-2599-0
Günther Deuschl Gerontoneurologie (Edizione 1) Georg Thieme 2006 978-3-13-139651-8
Donatella Bonaiuti Le scale di misura in riabilitazione (Edizione 2) Società Editrice Universo 2009 978-88-89548-74-5
Bernd Reuschenbach Pflegebezogene Assessmentinstrumente (Edizione 1) HUBER 2011 978-3-456-84498-5

Assessment methods and criteria

The objective of the exam consists in verifying the level of achievement of the previously indicated training objectives.
The exam consists of an oral exam with some open questions that require the student to apply concepts, theories and assessment scales learned during the study.

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