Disaster strikes! Long-term care resident outcomes following a natural disaster
This report describes the outcomes of 17 long-term care residents who were participating in a nursing intervention study. The residents were evacuated for 5 days due to a severe summer storm that caused widespread power outages. These residents were seen the day of the storm and three times per week for 2 weeks following their return to the nursing home. More than half of the participants had significant changes in their NEECHAM Confusion Scale scores (n = 11) and modified Confusion Assessment Method scores (n = 9) scores, suggesting the onset of delirium. Two participants were hospitalized within the 2 weeks of the evacuation. One participant died unexpectedly. This report provides a rare look into the negative effects of a short-term evacuation due to a natural disaster.
P. Z. Cacchione, L. M. Willoughby, J. C. Langan, and Kennith Culp. "Disaster strikes! Long-term care resident outcomes following a natural disaster" Journal of Gerontological Nursing 37.9 (2011): 16-24.
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