University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Modules created to improve performance and knowledge of Perioperative Surgical Care in Geriatric Patients.
To improve performance and knowledge of perioperative management pain and delirium in Geriatric Patients. On completion of delirium module, the resident should be able to: 1) Identify a patient suffering from delirium postoperatively. 2) List factors to reduce and prevent delirium in the elderly patient. 3) Identify treatment strategies for the delirious elderly postoperative patient. On completion of pain module, the resident should be able to: Knowledge: List the prevalence of pain in the elderly. List the reasons to treat post-operative pain. Discuss the age & disease related changes that predispose to more pain and influence treatment. Describe the unique problems of pain management in the elderly. Describe the evaluation of acute pain in the elderly. Describe the assessment of acute pain in the elderly. List the nonpharmacologic means of pain management. List the pharmocologic means of pain management. Skills: Demonstrate the ability to use assessment tools for level of pain. Demonstrate the use of the level of function as assessment tool of level of pain. Develop a management plan for pain control post operatively. Attitudes: Develop an understanding and empathy for the differences in pain manifestation in elderly.