This article points out that some elderly persons develop osteomyelitis following total hip or knee replacements.  Those with rheumatoid arthritis are more susceptible to prosthetic joint related infections.  The author provides a number of considerations in regards to the treatment of acute and chronic osteomyelitis in the elderly.

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This document lists a variety of open source resources regarding special considerations for older adults.  3 pages.

The complexities of managing osteomyelitis and septic arthritis in the elderly patient are examined in this online publication.

The author examines possible management strategies to address the antibiotic resistance crisis which includes new alternative agents.

Evidence based strategies to manage herpes zoster and post herpetic neuralgia (PHN) are explored.

Older adults are at risk for malnutrition, which may increase their risk for infection.  The author proposes nutritional supplementation strategies to reduce the risk and reduce some of the immune dysfunction attributed to advanced age.  Considerations related to drug-nutrient interactions should be explored.

The authors explore the complexity and need for multi-disciplinary apprach to the management of a prosthetic joint infection.  Therapeutic options are reviewed.

This assessment tool is  one of a number of practice supports and educational tools related to the evaluation and treatment of UTI ithe elderly for clinicians in LTC available from the Massacheusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors.   See more at http://www.macoalition.org/evaluation-and-treatment-uti-in-elderly.shtml 

 

This article examines the implications of chronic hepatitis C in older patients. The management of chronic HCV infection in older adults is complex in terms of comorbidities and quality of life.

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