Dementia in the Acute Hospital Setting

Dementia in the Acute Hospital SettingThis search of current nursing literature discusses the training of pre and post-registered nurses relating to care of patients with dementia and the challenges that face both patients and nurses in the hospital setting.

It focuses on a section of literature regarding caring for patients admitted to only acute medical and surgical wards. It analyses current research findings, national reports and audits, and ascertain whether recommendations for staff training and dementia awareness have been or should be implemented across National Health Service (NHS) trusts in England and Wales.

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Kate Cronin’s interest in dementia care in the acute hospital setting stemmed from working both as a health care assistant and a student nurse in a variety of acute medical and surgical settings. Kate observed that caring for people with dementia can be challenging and varies greatly from nurse to nurse. Kate’s personal experience was that care techniques were subjective to individual nurses who often appeared to be frustrated with the challenge of giving enough time to those with dementia while attending to a ward of acutely unwell patients. Evidence supports these notions and suggests that best care is not always attained (Gandesha et al. 2012).

Kate examined a range of audit and research literature on this area of special interest was to obtain a better picture of the situation. She discusses the context of dementia from a UK perspective as background to educational requirements and challenges that these patients may pose.