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International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing (2013) 17, 418

Acute nursing care of the older adult with fragility hip fracture: An international perspective (Part 2)
Ann Butler Maher RN, MS, FNP-BC, ONC (Family Nurse Practitioner) a,*,1, Anita J Meehan RN-BC, MSN, ONC (Clinical Nurse Specialist, Gerontology/Director) b,1, Karen Hertz RN, BSc(Hons), MSc (Advanced Nurse Practitioner T&O) c,2, Ami Hommel RN, CNS, PhD (Associate Professor) d,3, Valerie MacDonald RN, BSN, MSN, ONC (Clinical Nurse Specialist) e,4, Mary P OSullivan RGN, RM, BNS/RNT, MSc Nursing (Clinical Development Co-ordinator) f,5, Kirsten Specht RN, MPH (PhD Student/Research Nurse) g,6, Anita Taylor RN, OrthoNCert, GradDipOrtho, MNSc (Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner) h,7
Long Branch, NJ, USA NICHE Program, Akron General Medical Center, Akron, OH, USA c University Hospital of North Staffordshire, UK d Dept. of Orthopaedics, Skane University Hospital, Lund/Dept. of Health Sciences Lund University, Sweden e Fraser Health Authority, BC, Canada f Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland g Dept. of Orthopaedics, Vejle Hospital, Vejle, Denmark h Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, SA, Australia
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* Corresponding author. Address: 35 Pavilion Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740, USA. Tel.: +1 732 571 1218. E-mail address: (A.B. Maher). 1 International Collaboration of Orthopaedic Nurses. 2 Royal College of Nursing Society of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing. 3 Swedish Orthopaedic Nurses Association. 4 Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses Association. 5 Irish Orthopaedic Nurses Section. 6 Danish Orthopaedic Nurses Association. 7 Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Nurses Association. 1878-1241/$ - see front matter c 2012 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.

Acute nursing care of the older adult with fragility hip fracture: An international perspective (Part 2) 5 Editors comment We are proud to announce the publication of this important international document that provides a clinical review for the care of the older person with a fracture of the hip. This important and ground breaking clinical review document is published in full online at: and in two parts in print format; the second part here and the rst part in an earlier edition of the International Journal of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing. In many countries hip fracture is the most important issue facing trauma services in the 21st century and this document will help to provide those caring for this vulnerable group of older people with sound, evidence-based advice on the best ways to ensure that care is as sensitive and effective as possible. It is our fervent hope that the clinical review will be used around the globe to ensure care is sensitive to the complex needs of this group of patients. JS-T.

Hip fracture; Clinical review; Nursing

Summary The second part of this paper provides those who care for orthopaedic patients with evidence-supported international perspectives about acute nursing care of the older adult with fragility hip fracture. Developed by an international group of nurse experts and guided by a range of information from research and clinical practice, it focuses on nurse sensitive quality indicators during the acute hospitalisation for fragility hip fracture. Optimal care for the patient who has experienced such a fracture is the focus. This includes (in the rst, earlier, part): Pain Delirium and in this part Pressure Ulcers Fluid Balance/Nutrition Constipation/Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection Vigilant nursing assessment and prompt intervention may prevent the development of the complications we discuss. If they do occur and are identied early on, they may resolve with appropriate and timely nursing management. This tool kit has been developed under the auspices of the International Collaboration of Orthopaedic Nursing (ICON) a coalition of national associations of orthopaedic nursing ( c 2012 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.

Pressure ulcers
Signicance of problem/risk factors
A pressure ulcer is localised injury to the skin and/ or underlying tissue usually over a bony prominence as a result of pressure or pressure in combination with shear (EPUAP and NPUAP, 2009). Pressure ulcers are common and present a major challenge for patients with hip fracture (Baath et al., 2010). While pressure and shearing force are the causative factors in pressure ulcer development, tissue tolerance is a key variable (DeFloor and Grypdonck, 2004). The probability of pressure ulcer development increases with the duration and magnitude of the force acting on the tissue. Shear greatly increases the risk of pressure ulcer development because it produces tissue ischemia that further reduces tissue

tolerance for pressure. Inability to reposition the body often present in the elderly is an additional risk factor (Moore and Cowman, 2009). Following hip fracture, pressure injury resulting in skin breakdown is devastating for the patient and costly in terms of resources needed to treat the wound(s) (Chaves et al., 2010; Remaley and Jaeblon, 2010). Lindholm et al. (2008) reported pressure ulcer prevalence as 10% on admission and 22% at discharge in a Pan-European study of hospitalised hip fracture patients while Campbell et al. (2010) reported prevalence rates of 1655% in hip fracture patients in Canada. In the United States, Baumgarten et al. (2009) found the highest incidence of acquired pressure ulcer occurs in the hospital setting. Assessment of risk factors and strategies to prevent pressure ulcer formation among older patients serves to avoid unnecessary

6 suffering, improve outcomes and control resource consumption. Houwing et al. (2004) showed that advanced age and time on the operating table were risk factors for patients with hip fractures. More recently, Haleem et al. (2008) found, in their review of 4654 consecutive patients with hip fractures, that the important factor in pressure ulcer development was delay to surgery. Specically, delay between admission to hospital and time of surgery was the most important risk factor. Patients operated on within 24 h of admission develop signicantly fewer pressure ulcers compared to those whose surgery was delayed longer than 24 h (Al-Ani et al., 2008; Hommel et al., 2007a). A predisposition to pressure ulcer development exists in older patients, particularly in orthopaedic settings, and those with co-morbidities such as diabetes, respiratory disease, low hemoglobin, low systolic blood pressure and altered mental status (Lindholm et al., 2008; Moore and Cowman, 2008; Campbell et al. 2010). The European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) and the US National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), in their 2009 joint document, recognise a number of contributing factors associated with the development of pressure ulcers. This also includes cardiovascular instability, oxygen use, nutritional status and skin moisture level. However, the signicance and exact relationship between these factors has yet to be established.

A.B. Maher et al. plan of care to treat ulcers and to monitor their status. Ask the patient about any areas that are painful or uncomfortable as sensory changes may precede tissue breakdown (EPUAP and NPUAP, 2009). A comprehensive skin assessment includes ve elements:      Temperature Color/discoloration Moisture level Turgor Skin integrity (skin is intact or there are open areas, rashes, wounds, etc. present).

Specics about checking each of these components can be found at: research/ltc/pressureulcertoolkit/putool7b.htm. Scroll down to Tool 3B, Elements of a Comprehensive Skin Assessment. Helpful photos for assessing darkly pigmented skin can be found at: http:// Pressure ulcer risk assessment The goal of pressure ulcer risk assessment is to identify those individuals who are at risk for the development of pressure ulcers so that preventive care can be planned and implemented. The process of assessing risk is multifaceted and includes the use of a validated risk assessment scale. A pressure ulcer risk assessment scale is a tool for establishing a risk score based on a series of risk factor criteria. Hospital policy or protocol identies the frequency with which risk assessment is to be performed. Any change in the patients condition requires reassessment of risk for pressure ulcer (EPUAP and NPUAP, 2009). Moore and Cowman (2008) found that despite widespread use of risk assessment tools, no randomised trials exist that compare them with unaided clinical judgment or no risk assessment in terms of pressure ulceration. Pancorbo-Hidalgo et al. (2006) compare various risk assessment tools with unaided clinical judgment in a systematic analysis of studies of predictive validity and nd that the Braden Scale offers the best predictive validity and notes that both the Braden Scale and the Norton Scale are superior to clinical judgment. The Braden Scale is most frequently used in research and, along with the Norton Scale, is recommended by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) (Berlowitz et al., 2011). The Braden Scale ( consists of six subscales (sensory perception, moisture, activity, mobility, nutrition,

Pressure ulcer risk assessment is a nurse-sensitive quality indicator ( Pressure ulcers can develop rapidly in the vulnerable patient, so a skin assessment is important within six hours of admission (Riordan and Voegeli, 2009) and may be repeated as needed based on changes in the patients condition. Skin assessment Skin assessment is a process that examines every body surface of the individual for abnormalities. The nurse looks at and touches the skin from head to toe, particularly over bony prominences and any tissue subjected to prolonged pressure such as the buttocks. During this assessment the nurse uses techniques for identifying blanching response, localised heat, oedema, and induration (hardness). Blanching may not be visible in darkly pigmented skin but its colour may be different from the surrounding tissue. Document any disruption in skin integrity present on admission. This is helpful in developing a

Acute nursing care of the older adult with fragility hip fracture: An international perspective (Part 2) 7 and friction/shear) scored from 14 or 13 (1 for low level of function and 4 for highest level or no impairment). Total scores range from 623. A lower score indicates higher levels of risk for pressure ulcer development. Scores of 18 or less indicate atrisk status. This threshold may need to be adjusted for specic patient populations (Berlowitz et al., 2011). The Norton Scale consists of ve subscales (physical condition, mental condition, activity, mobility, incontinence) scored from 14 (1 for low level of function and 4 for highest level of functioning). The subscales are added together for a total score that ranges from 520. Scores of 14 or less generally indicate at-risk status. Go to: and scroll down to Tool 3E. Pressure ulcer description EPUAP and NPUAP (2009) describe pressure ulcers by category/stage according to the appearance of the tissue involved. The terms unclassied/unstageable and deep tissue injury used in the US are generally graded as Category IV in Europe. Most

Table 6 International Pressure Ulcer Classication System. Source: European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel and National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. 2009. Prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers: quick reference guide. Washington, DC: National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel. Category/Stage I: Non-blanchable erythema Description Intact skin with non-blanchable redness of a localised area usually over a bony prominence. Darkly pigmented skin may not have visible blanching; its colour may differ from the surrounding area. The area may be painful, rm, soft, warmer or colder as compared to adjacent tissue. Category I may be difcult to detect in individuals with dark skin tones. May indicate at risk persons. II: Partial thickness Partial thickness loss of dermis presenting as a shallow open ulcer with a red pink wound bed, without slough. May also present as an intact or open/ruptured serumlled or serosanguinous-lled blister. Presents as a shiny or dry shallow ulcer without slough or bruising*. This category should not be used to describe skin tears, tape burns, incontinence-associated dermatitis, maceration or excoriation. * Bruising indicates deep tissue injury. III: Full thickness skin Full thickness tissue loss. Subcutaneous fat may be visible but bone, tendon or muscle loss are not exposed. Slough may be present but does not obscure the depth of tissue loss. May include undermining and tunneling. The depth of a Category/Stage III pressure ulcer varies by anatomical location. The bridge of the nose, ear, occiput and malleolus do not have (adipose) subcutaneous tissue and Category/Stage III ulcers can be shallow. In contrast, areas of signicant adiposity can develop extremely deep Category/Stage III pressure ulcers. Bone/tendon is not visible or directly palpable. IV: Full thickness tissue Full thickness tissue loss with exposed bone, tendon or muscle. Slough or eschar loss may be present. Often includes undermining and tunneling. The depth of a Category/ Stage IV pressure ulcer varies by anatomical location. The bridge of the nose, ear, occiput and malleolus do not have (adipose) subcutaneous tissue and these ulcers can be shallow. Category/Stage IV ulcers can extend into muscle and/or supporting structures (e.g., fascia, tendon or joint capsule) making osteomyelitis or osteitis likely to occur. Exposed bone/muscle is visible or directly palpable. Additional Categories/Stages for the USA Full thickness tissue loss, in which actual depth of the ulcer is completely obscured Unstageable/ by slough (yellow, tan, gray, green, or brown), and/or eschar (tan, brown, or black) unclassied: in the wound bed. Until enough slough and/or eschar are removed to expose the base Full thickness skin of the wound, the true depth of the wound cannot be determined, but it will be or tissue loss either a Category III or IV. Stable (dry, adherent, intact without erythema or depth unknown uctuance) eschar on the heels serves as the bodys natural (biological) cover and should not be removed. Purple or maroon localised area of discoloured intact skin or blood-lled blister due Suspected deep to damage of underlying soft tissue from pressure and/or shear. The area may be tissue injury preceded by tissue that is painful, rm, mushy, boggy, warmer or cooler as depth unknown compared to adjacent tissue. Deep tissue injury may be difcult to detect in individuals with dark skin tones. Evolution may include a thin blister over a dark wound bed. The wound may further evolve and become covered by thin eschar. Evolution may be rapid exposing additional layers of tissue even with optimal treatment.

8 important is that the actual denition of pressure ulcer and the level of skin/tissue injury are the same, regardless of term used. For denitions of the categories/stages, refer to Table 6. Go to to view photos of pressure ulcers with illustrations of the depth of the wound; or to and click on Pressure Ulcer Training to view Module One.

A.B. Maher et al. are malnourished on admission to the hospital are twice as likely as well-nourished patients to develop pressure ulcers (Thomas, 2006). However, it is possible to reduce the development of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers among elderly patients with a hip fracture even though they have poor pre-fracture nutritional status (Hommel et al., 2007b). Refer to the section on Nutrition/Malnutrition in this document for more information on nutritional assessment and intervention. Skin care and treatment Appropriate preventive care for skin may minimise progression to actual pressure ulcer. Normal age related changes result in older adults having dry skin. Use skin emollients for hydration as dry skin is a signicant risk factor on its own. Protect skin from excessive moisture using a barrier product as needed. When deciding on treatment plans, distinguish skin excoriation due to incontinence (incontinence associated dermatitis) from pressure ulcer. Photos that demonstrate skin excoriation can be found at: Click on Grading and Tools, then on Excoriation Tool. Pressure reducing support surfaces Reducing the amount, duration and intensity of pressure exerted on the skin is the most effective strategy for pressure ulcer prevention (Sakai et al., 2009). Place individuals at high risk of developing pressure ulcers on pressure relieving surfaces rather than a standard hospital mattress. However, it is not clear if an alternating-pressure mattress or a constant low pressure mattress provides a superior benet (McInnes et al., 2011). Medical grade sheepskins are associated with a decrease in pressure ulcer development (McInnes et al., 2011). EPUAP/NPUAP Consensus Guidelines (2009) recommend avoiding cutouts, rings or donut devices as these increase pressure. Repositioning Repositioning is an essential aspect of prevention. Repositioning encourages reperfusion to tissues and reduces the risk of developing pressure related ischemia. Repositioning schedules and technique incorporate the patients medical condition, functional ability and support surface used. The patient with a hip fracture may present unique repositioning challenges. Preoperatively, consider the fracture stabilisation technique being used and postoperatively consider fracture xation technique and limitations on motion prescribed by the physician.

Prevention strategies
It is universally agreed that pressure ulcers are best prevented. Samuriwo (2010) suggests that nurses who place a high value on pressure ulcer prevention appear to be more proactive and determined to deliver care that protects their patients skin. Carson et al. (2012) describe the development and implementation of an evidence based pressure ulcer prevention initiative. An underlying focus of the framework for this initiative was to improve the knowledge of clinical staff and to strengthen the staff-nurse skin care champion model. Harrison et al. (2008) report on a proactive program to implement practice guideline recommendations on pressure ulcer prevention. This program also created unit-based skin care champions who use a peer to peer learning approach to enhance the knowledge of clinical staff and develop a unit based nurse resource model. Both programs demonstrated a decrease in pressure ulcer prevalence in their respective health care settings. Pressure ulcers can develop at any time during hospitalisation. Prolonged periods in the supine position may contribute to the development of such an injury. Organisations should use some form of pressure relieving surface for high risk patients on nursing units, in the operating theatre, and in the emergency department (Beckett, 2010; Pham et al., 2011a; Pham et al., 2011b). Despite best efforts in some instances, pressure ulcer development is an unavoidable consequence of multiple organ failure or pre-admission circumstances, such as a patient who has fallen and was lying on a hard surface for many hours prior to hospital admission. Nutrition, skin care, appropriate support surfaces and repositioning all contribute to prevention efforts. Nutritional status Malnutrition is a common problem in hospital patients and often goes unrecognised (Somanchi et al., 2011). Older patients with hip fracture may have poor nutritional status. Patients who

Acute nursing care of the older adult with fragility hip fracture: An international perspective (Part 2) 9 When repositioning a patient it is important to lift, not drag, the patient across the support surface. Transfer aids such as overhead lift equipment, if available, help reduce friction and shear forces. The use of these devices must be made with consideration of the type of fracture and postoperative limitations imposed. Repositioning a patient with a hip fracture may require more than one caregiver. In general, do not turn a patient onto a body surface that remains reddened after previous repositioning as this indicates the skin on that surface has not recovered from pressure loading. Massaging or vigorously rubbing at-risk skin surfaces can be painful and may cause tissue damage. Maintain the patients heels off the bed surface by using heel-protection devices, e.g. a wafe boot or a pillow under the calf. Placing a pillow under the calves and keeping the knee in slight exion may help to minimise risk of deep vein thrombosis. When repositioning the patient on their side after surgery, consider any postoperative restrictions. Place a pillow or padding between the legs to prevent tissue trauma at the knees and ankles. When raising the head of the bed for patients who are allowed postoperative hip exion, raise the knees rst, then the head of the bed (no more than 30 degrees). Roll the patient slightly to one side to release shear, then settle back down so that the patients hips and knees are in alignment with the bends in the bed (Mimura et al., 2009) A 30-degree lateral position is often recommended. Even if the patient is lying on a pressure-reducing mattress, assisting the patient with scheduled repositioning decreases the risk of pressure ulcers (DeFloor et al., 2005). When the patient is able to sit in a chair, limit the time and use a pressure redistribution surface to avoid pressure ulcer development.

Self-management strategies
With your guidance, patients and their families can participate in preserving intact skin. Some guidelines recommended by Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders NICHE (2010) include: 1. Change position at least every 2 h to relieve pressure

10 2. If you cannot move yourself, ask for help changing your position 3. Moisturise dry skin 4. Tell your nurse if you develop reddened, purple, or sore areas 5. Tell your nurse if you have a problem with leaking urine or stool 6. Clean your skin immediately if you get urine or stool on it 7. Use pillows to pad areas between knees and ankles. Elevate heels off the bed or foot rest on chairs 8. Do not lie directly on your hip bone 9. Eat a well-balanced diet For the complete list, you can view the entire brochure at Click on Skin Care: Pressure Ulcers.

A.B. Maher et al. tions are likely to worsen with the stress of surgery and the hospital experience. These are serious conditions that may lead to organ damage, delirium, functional decline and mortality. Fluid balance monitoring and optimisation is a clinical imperative for this population.

Dehydration is highly prevalent among the hospitalised older adult with signicant adverse consequences. Institutionalised older adults admitted to acute care from residential facilities tend to present with dehydration due to pre-existing restricted uid intakes. It is highly probable the older adult is dehydrated on presentation to hospital with hip fracture (Hodgkinson et al., 2001). Hospitalisation may compound pre-existing dehydration or increase the risk of dehydration. Dehydration decreases circulatory volume resulting in diminished perfusion to organs and tissues and is implicated in the development of delirium, renal failure, pressure ulcers, falls, venous thromboembolism, impaired mobility, catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and cystitis. Dementia, delirium and decreased manual dexterity and immobility as well as communication and sensory impairments may all contribute to dehydration, particularly if a delay to hospital presentation has occurred. The hip fracture and surgery may result in signicant blood loss. Normal age related changes result in a diminished thirst reex and subsequent diminished uid intake. Those patients who suffer from incontinence may limit uid intake as a measure to reduce the risk of incontinence due to perceived lack of timely access to toileting. Limited mobility, unfamiliar environment, concerns that requests for assistance will not be prompt enough to meet their need and the desire to preserve dignity are factors that may inuence this decision. Since hip fracture occurs in an emergency context, delay to surgery with an extended period of pre-operative fasting is also a risk factor. Assessment/detection Evidence supports taking a thorough clinical history that includes identifying the patients average daily uid intake. The following signs and symptoms may indicate dehydration:  Diminished urine output  Hypotension, tachycardia  Dry lips, mucous membranes, diminished skin turgor  Muscle weakness, dizziness, restlessness, headache

Fluid balance and nutrition and elimination

Signicance of the problem
When older adults present with an acute hip fracture they do so in the context of frailty, often with preexisting medical co-morbidity and other functional and psychological issues. Older adults following hip fracture repair may experience one or more common post-operative complications including delirium, CCF, pneumonia, DVT, PE, pressure ulcer, arrhythmia, myocardial infarct, anaemia and mortality (Agency for Clinical Innovation, 2010). These common complications can impact the uid balance, nutrition and elimination status of the older adult with hip fracture and rarely occur in isolation. This section addresses those aspects of care that benet most from nurse-initiated intervention: dehydration, malnutrition, constipation and catheter associated urinary tract infections.

Fluid balance
Scope of the problem Age related changes in homeostatic mechanisms and underlying co-morbidities increase the vulnerability of older people to the physiological stresses associated with the hip fracture and surgery. White et al. (2009) found renal dysfunction in 36% of patients admitted with hip fracture and Carbone et al. (2010) reported the incidence of heart failure as 21% in this population. Frail older hospitalised patients are at risk for iatrogenic dehydration, uid overload, heart failure, and electrolyte disturbances. Pre-existing heart failure or renal condi-

Acute nursing care of the older adult with fragility hip fracture: An international perspective (Part 2) 11  Delirium which may be hypoactive Upon presentation there are a range of strategies the nurse can employ including clinical and biochemical analysis (urine and blood markers) to assist in assessment of dehydration. Prevention and management strategies Fluid and electrolyte management begins in the Emergency Department with an accurate assessment and formal recording of the patients uid status including documentation of the time (approximate) the fracture occurred. Once a review of the patients coexisting medical problems is correlated against their likely uid balance, patients should have clinical and laboratory assessment for possible hypo or hypervolaemia, electrolyte balance and any identied deciencies appropriately and promptly corrected (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, 2009). Where delay to surgery occurs and extended periods of fasting ensue, nursing staff must ensure the patient receives adequate hydration. Wherever possible, attempts must be made to minimise periods of fasting from oral food and uids in accordance with local guidelines and policies that reect best evidence. Mouth care is important at all times but it is especially important when oral uids are restricted. Nursing staff must continually assess the patient for signs and symptoms of dehydration and uid overload as clinically indicated and in response to the patients condition. Strategies include: ensuring regular vital sign observations, maintaining accurate documentation of uid balance and prompt reporting of alterations to the patients status. A nursing assessment of swallow and/or referral for formal swallow screen should occur where there is concern about the safety of the patients ability to swallow. Early resumption of oral intake in the post-operative period is preferable, with intravenous or subcutaneous supplementation secondary. Patients access to uids in the hospital setting is often limited. Drinking containers should be ergonomically suited to be manipulated by older patients and placement of the container made in consideration of any visual limitations. Nurses should proactively offer uids with each visit rather than inquiring about the patients desire for a drink. Intentional hourly nursing rounds (rounding) should include hydration needs. The following link to the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursings Try This series provides added recommendations for hydration management. http://

Fluid overload/heart failure

Certain populations of older adults with hip fracture require more careful monitoring for uid overload/ heart failure. Diminished cardiac and renal function renders the frail older adult susceptible to uid overload i.e. more uid than the heart can effectively pump. (See Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network SIGN 95, 2007 http://www. & National Heart Foundation of Australia, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Chronic Heart Failure Guidelines Expert Writing Panel. Guidelines for the prevention, detection and management of chronic heart failure in Australia, 2006). Assessment/detection Risk factors include cardiac or renal disease, large or rapid infusions of uids and intravenous infusion with sodium solution. Heart failure manifests with pulmonary and peripheral oedema (Hartree, 2010). The stress of surgery leads to an increased secretion of the antidiuretic hormone (ADH) which impairs the ability to excrete sodium and water. Symptoms to monitor include:      urinary output less than 30 cc per hour increasing blood pressure shortness of breath moist breath sounds dependent edema

Prevention and management strategies Carefully monitor uid intake and output. Titrate uids, administer diuretics and/or restrict sodium in consultation with physician or advanced practice nurse.

Electrolyte disturbances
Scope of the problem Renal and cardiac decline, dehydration and uid administration and uid losses during surgery increase the risk of electrolyte disturbances. Hyponatremia is the most common electrolyte imbalance in the older population and is associated with delirium and falls (Gankam Kengne et al., 2008). Elevated serum urea nitrogen and hyper or hyponatremia are associated with signicantly

12 higher mortality rates when left untreated (Lewis et al., 2006). Assessment/detection Risk factors include cardiac or renal dysfunction, dehydration or uid overload and the use of diuretics. Consult with the physician or advanced practice nurse to ensure that lab tests are ordered for appropriate patients. Blood electrolytes and renal function should be regularly monitored until returned to baseline (Agency for Clinical Innovation, 2010). Prevention and management strategies  Monitor and manage uid balance as described above.  Consult with physician or advanced practice nurse for clinical interventions to address imbalances. For example, an accurate haemoglobin assessment is needed to prevent impaired functional ability, dizziness, delirium and risk of fall. In that case the nurse consults with the physician to ensure iron supplementation and blood transfusion is ordered if indicated.

A.B. Maher et al. cial isolation (MacDonald, 2011). Studies show that 3050% of patients admitted to an orthopaedic unit suffer from malnutrition (Ponzer et al., 1999; Eneroth et al., 2005). Fry et al. (2010) reported that patients with pre-existing malnutrition have a 2.5 times greater risk of developing a surgical site infection, a 5.1 times greater risk of developing a catheter associated urinary tract infection and are 3.8 times more likely to develop a pressure ulcer than those without malnutrition. Koren-Hakim et al. (2012) found that poor nutritional status was associated with higher co-morbidity indices, mortality and readmissions. While hospitalised, it is estimated that hip fracture patients consume only half their recommended daily energy, protein and other nutritional requirements (British Orthopaedic Association, 2007) and despite the development of fasting guidelines patients continue to be kept without food or water for too long prior to surgery. Assessment/detection The nurse is best placed to assess and monitor a patients nutritional status particularly when the need for nutrition support in an acute care setting often exceeds the dietetic resources available. The nurse can play a critical role in identifying the at risk patient, assess nutritional status and initiate nutritional care that will aid recovery and prevent functional decline, including an assessment of mental capacity to consent (Jackson et al., 2011). Nutrition for this patient population is an inter-disciplinary concern (British Orthopaedic Association, 2007) requiring constant vigilance and liaison. Examples of nursing interventions to ensure timely nutrition support include:  Nutrition history.  Weigh on admission; weight history (recent loss/ gain) and observe for lack of body fat, dry skin & skin turgor.  Nutrition Assessment & Screening (such as MUST by BAPEN (2003) (British Association of Parenteral Nutrition see musttoolkit.html).  Speech pathology review/consult for swallow evaluation, when symptoms present and as appropriate.  Minimise the period of preoperative fasting, in accordance with policies and anesthesia protocols.  Where concern exists document food & uid intake (Food Diary).

Self-management strategies Engage patient and family in learning about the:  Importance of hydration and how dehydration and overhydration adversely affects health and personal goals (e.g. decreased energy, falls etc.).  Strategies for facilitating hydration e.g. readily available water hot or cold, avoured or not, decaffeinated drinks, in easily manipulated containers, drink offered with each interaction, written and verbal reminders.  Strategies to mitigate incontinence e.g. timing of uids earlier in the day, limiting of uids throughout the day as appropriate, regularly scheduled toileting.  Chronic illness/Medications and their impact on uid balance. Importance of adhering to dietary and uid restrictions/guidelines.  Warning signs of dehydration, overload and what to do.

Scope of problem Malnutrition is often associated with ageing and is characterised by diminished hunger & thirst, chronic illness patterns, dentition issues and so-

Acute nursing care of the older adult with fragility hip fracture: An international perspective (Part 2) 13  Encourage early resumption of oral intake particularly oral protein and energy supplementation as a strategy to minimise postoperative complication rate.  Initiate appropriate multi-nutrient supplements that are high energy and high protein containing appropriate levels of vitamins and minerals at the earliest convenience in the pre-operative period where possible; Dietician review/consult for additional nutrition support.  Initiate nourishing uids/mid-meal snacks.  Optimise oral intake at meals: dentures, positioning for meals, assisting feeding as necessary. Where extended periods of inadequate oral intake occur, consideration must be given to avoid re-feeding syndrome. This is a condition of metabolic and electrolyte disturbance which occurs when nutrients are replaced too quickly following a period of inadequate nutritional intake for 5 days or more (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, 2006). Every effort should be made to avoid this syndrome through appropriate and timely renourishment as potentially fatal shifts in uids and electrolytes can occur (Mehanna et al., 2008). A systematic review by Skipper (2012) noted that although there is no widely accepted or uniformly applied set of dening characteristics for diagnosing refeeding syndrome, hypophosphatemia was a consistent nding. For those patients where a high index of suspicion exists for poor nutrition, consider early dietary consult with the goal of optimizing nutritional status. A number of studies demonstrate positive benets of early nutritional supplementation (Volkert et al., 2006 & Milne et al., 2006). In the event of an inability of the patient to take food orally, consideration should be given to temporary naso-gastric feeding. This decision should be made in full consultation with the patient and family and with full consideration of mental capacity, the prognosis, advanced care planning and end-of-life decision making. The issue of supplementary feeding, treatment escalation and palliation and the timing of such may need to be explored. Prevention and management strategies Be mindful that older patients are at risk for malnutrition and be vigilant at monitoring intake and output. Complete a nutrition screening assessment such as the MUST (BAPEN, 2003) tool calculation where appropriate. Recognise the older person with impairments (cognitive, sensory or motor) may need more time to complete meals and may need more help, and plan for this reality. Does the patient wear dentures? Are there adequate teeth for chewing foods? Does the patient have an oral fungal infection? Ensure that communication is facilitated by having hearing aids in place and eyeglasses on or available. Encourage patients to be out of bed for meals and provide assistance as needed. Several interventional studies suggest nutritional supplementation, specically for the older adult hip fracture patient, has a positive effect on quality of life and the reduction of hospital related complications (Gunnarsson et al., 2009; Volkert et al., 2006; Milne et al., 2006). Interventions should be patient-focused, and aimed to minimise further nutritional decline throughout the recovery period (Dieticians Association of Australia, 2009). Self-management strategies Self-care strategies address both in-hospital and out-of-hospital care and may include: the social aspects of eating and drinking in hospital in which elderly patients can benet from eating together with other persons in a dining room setting in the hospital (Gordge et al., 2009), strategies to establish a normal routine, supporting people with dementia, help with opening containers and packets, use of strategies such as red trays and other methods to prioritise high risk patients and inclusion of informal carers appropriately in supporting good nutrition in hospital as an adjunct to professional nursing care. Engage patient and family in learning about the:  Importance of nutrition in preserving health and personal goals e.g. preventing hospitalisation, re-hospitalisation, falls, post-operative infection etc.  Consult with dietician to develop specialised menus and meal planning strategies at home.  Need for families to monitor: ability to obtain food, prepare meals and the tendency to regularly skip meals, especially if living alone.  Community resources for meals and dietary assessment/services.  Strategies to mitigate incontinence e.g. timing of uids earlier in the day, regularly scheduled toileting.  Chronic illness/Medications and their impact on uid balance. Importance of adhering to dietary and uid restrictions/guidelines.  Warning signs of dehydration, overload and what to do.


A.B. Maher et al. sideration given to using a standardised grading tool such as the Bristol Stool Scale (Lewis and Heaton, 1997). Conversely, overuse of laxatives or inadequate drinking should not be underestimated as a problem surrounding the management of constipation. Some recommendations for practice include:  Delay to surgery and extended periods of fasting for surgery can affect bowel function and should be avoided wherever possible or proactively managed as appropriate.  Unless otherwise restricted, uids should be encouraged to a minimum of 1500 mL of oral uid daily.  A regular toileting regime (every 2 h) that encourages ambulation and discourages the use of bedpans should be adopted.  Close monitoring of bowel habit should be recorded including description of, frequency and amount of bowel movement daily (SIGN 2009).  Aim for a bowel movement by post op day 2 then 48 hourly thereafter (Auron-Gomez and Michota, 2008).  Efforts should be made using the above strategies to prevent secondary fecal impaction (Western Australian Department of Health, 2008).

An assessment of continence should be made on admission as part of the comprehensive assessment. Early resumption of baseline bowel & bladder habits must remain the priority for the older adult hospitalised with hip fracture. This section addresses two common complications related to elimination: constipation and catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).

Risk factors Prevention of constipation should be considered in the early management of hip fracture patients. Constipation is made worse by dehydration, immobility, poor uid intake, decreased dietary bre and general changes to normal dietary routines. Opioid analgesics, even in low doses also cause constipation (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, 2009). Constipation is an under-appreciated cause of delirium in the older patient. Assessment/detection Constipation can manifest at any point along a continuum that ranges from general gut discomfort, nausea and vomiting, abdominal or rectal pain to abdominal distension and bowel obstruction. Agitation and delirium may accompany any or all of these symptoms The Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) (2008) best practice guidelines suggest the following:  Document baseline [on admission to hospital] and usual bowel patterns.  Evaluate and document severity of constipation.  Document improvements or progression of constipation &/or response to management of constipation.

Catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI)

Scope of problem Reportedly 40% of all nosocomial infections are attributed to infections of the urinary tract (UTI) and 80% of these infections are associated with the use of an indwelling urinary catheter (IUC) (Joanna Briggs Institute, 2010; Centre for Disease Control, 2009). Asymptomatic bacteriuria is a common occurrence in older adults with hip fracture (SIGN, 2009) and the use of an indwelling urinary catheter (IUC) increases the risk for developing a UTI. Care providers may see indwelling urinary catheters as benecial, helping to prevent falls and to address urinary incontinence and patients will sometimes request them or refuse discontinuation. It is important to remember that IUCs are not innocuous devices. In addition to increasing the risk for CAUTI, indwelling catheters are associated with local trauma to the urinary meatus, restriction of mobility, pain, encrustation, delirium and increased risk for mortality. A high index of suspicion for urinary tract infection (UTI) should be ever present in the older adult with hip fracture.

Prevention and management strategies An emphasis on privacy, dignity, good accessibility to toilet facilities (especially for people with dementia/delirium), orientation and signage are strategies the nurse can initiate to minimise constipation. Wherever possible the impact of constipation should be minimised and at best avoided altogether through the implementation of an evidence based bowel protocol that incorporates pre-emptive aperients/laxatives, a high bre diet and uids as recommended in the British National Formulary for drug-induced constipation (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network, 2009) or con-

Acute nursing care of the older adult with fragility hip fracture: An international perspective (Part 2) 15 Assessment and risk factors The most signicant risk factors for the development of catheter associated urinary tract infections include; insertion technique, inadequate cleansing with soap and water, prolonged dwell time and failure to maintain a closed system of drainage (Centre for Disease Control, 2009). Admission assessment should include information regarding the nature of the patients usual bladder function. Ongoing vigilance for and documentation of the signs and symptoms of UTI must continue throughout hospitalisation. An indwelling urinary catheter should be used in operative patients as an exception rather than as a routine. The Centre for Disease Control (2009) supports the following indications for indwelling urinary catheter use:  Urinary retention or obstruction unrelieved by straight catheterisation.  Stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcer in perineal area, sacrum or ischial tuberosity.  Close monitoring of cardiac or renal function in critically ill patients.  Comfort care measure in terminal illness.  Prolonged surgical intervention or surgery requiring decompression of the bladder.

Prevention and management strategies The presence of a catheter predisposes the patient to acquiring a urinary tract infection. When an indwelling urinary catheter is deemed necessary, incorporate maintaining adequate uid balance with accurate recording of input and output, effective analgesia and routine catheter care into daily nursing care. There is unanimous support for the removal of the catheter at the earliest convenience, preferably within the rst 24 h, to minimise infection, (CDC, 2009; Wald et al., 2005; Lo et al., 2008). If there is a need to retain the catheter after 24 h, the clinical indication should be documented and continual monitoring for removal when clinically appropriate. After removal, monitoring the

16 patient for retention/incontinence is required (Auron-Gomez and Michota, 2008). Further research is recommended regarding the benets of antimicrobial (silver and antibiotic impregnated) catheters to reduce CAUTI (Schumm and Lam, 2008; CDC, 2009). Inserting the smallest lumen catheter possible (CDC, 2009:12) and instilling 5 mL in the balloon minimises bladder irritation and trauma to bladder neck and urethra. It is important to secure the catheter, avoid dependent loops in the drainage tube and position the collection bag below the level of the bladder (CDC, 2009). Nurses play a signicant role in reducing the incidence of CAUTI by advocating for use only when clinically necessary and discontinuing as soon as possible. Self-management strategies Engage patient and family in learning about:  Risk factors, prevention and management of constipation (e.g. high bre diet, uids, mobility).  Risks for and strategies to prevent urinary tract infection.  Perineal hygiene, adequate hydration, avoid indwelling catheter use/alternative strategies to manage urinary incontinence. want_to_know_more

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We would like to acknowledge the support of ICON constituents during the development of this paper, particularly Joyce Lai of AADO, Hong Kong, and Reggie Aquilina of AMON, Malta. We are grateful to the nurse experts whose input guided and strengthened the paper. Those who reviewed the entire document were Marie Boltz, PhD, RN, GNP-BC (USA), Peter Davis MBE (UK), Sue Baird Holmes, MS RN (USA). Pain section reviewers were: Donna Sipos Cox, MSN, RN, ONC, CCRC (USA) Keela Herr, PhD, RN, AGSF, FAAN (USA), Alan Pearson AM (Australia), Brenda Poulton, RN, MN, NP (Canada). Delirium section reviewers were Marcia Carr, RN, BN, MS, GNC(C) (Canada), Donna Fick, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN (USA), Lorraine Mion, PhD, RN, FAAN (USA), Manuela Pretto, MNS, RN (Switzerland). Pressure Ulcer section reviewers were Joyce M. Black, PhD, RN, CSPN, CWCN, FAAN (USA), Christina Lindholm, PhD, RN (Sweden), Zena Moore, PhD, MSc, PG Dip, FFNMRCSI (Ireland). Fluid Balance/Nutrition/Elimination reviewers were Joanne Alderman, APRN-CNS, RN-BC, FNGNA (USA), Merete Gregersen, MHSc (Denmark), Nicky Hayes, RGN, BA(Hons), MSc, PGCert (HE) (UK), Alan Pearson AM (Australia). We thank Jennifer Gibson for her editorial expertise and meticulous attention to detail and Judy Knight MLS, AHIP, coordinator, library services for her valuable assistance.

This article was developed using a range of literature which included evidence-based research, consensus documents, guideline statements, systematic reviews and peer reviewed publications and also was informed by best practice and content expert commentary. The information presented in this article is to educate and inform the reader about common complications of fragility hip fracture in older adults. The decision to use specic assessment methods and interventions must be made by the individual practitioner/health care organisation relative to the individual patient, available resources and other relevant factors.

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