How nurses decide to ambulate hospitalized older adults: development of a conceptual model.

@article{DohertyKing2011HowND,
  title={How nurses decide to ambulate hospitalized older adults: development of a conceptual model.},
  author={Barbara Doherty-King and Barbara Bowers},
  journal={The Gerontologist},
  year={2011},
  volume={51 6},
  pages={786-97}
}
Adults over the age of 65 years account for 60% of all hospital admissions and experience consequential negative outcomes directly related to hospitalization. Negative outcomes include falls, delirium, loss in ability to perform basic activities of daily living, and new walking dependence. New walking dependence, defined as the loss in ability to walk independently, occurs in 16%--59% of hospitalized older patients. Nurses are pivotal in promoting functional walking independence in hospitalized… CONTINUE READING

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