Respiratory Management of the Frail Patient #physiotalk on 27th May

Our next chat is on Monday 27th May at 8.30pm BST. It is hosted by @TheACPRC

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It is estimated that there are approximately 1.8 million people aged over 60 living with frailty in England, and almost half of these are people are aged over 80 (ELSA 2016). Frailty is not a diagnosis, but it is symptom of patients with multiple chronic conditions, of which many are respiratory in origin.

It is therefore vital that we work across clinical areas, providers, primary and secondary care to ensure these patients get the specialist care they need while considering the impact of frailty on their needs. This Tweet chat is to open up discussions as to how all physiotherapists can best manage respiratory conditions in our frail patients, particularly those who may not be admitted to specialist respiratory areas.

Questions to consider

  • What red flags can we look for that might highlight a frail patient to us?
  • Should we routinely assess for frailty in respiratory services, and what assessment tools can we use?
  • How can respiratory/acute medicine teams work collaboratively to deliver best practice for both respiratory and frailty-related problems?
  • How can we support frail patients with respiratory disease admitted to non-respiratory speciality areas? How do we support the staff working in these areas?
  • How can we support frail patients with their respiratory symptoms and treatment plans?

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Here is the transcript

Our guest hosts

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Respiratory Care is a National Body which promotes health and best practice in Respiratory Physiotherapy for the benefit of all. It is one of the largest professional networks of physiotherapists in the UK . The ACPRC is run by an elected committee of members who support the organisation on a voluntary basis. The committee itself is made up of a wide range of specialist physiotherapists, many of whom are leading figures in their area of expertise.

Chat resources

Frailty Core Capabilities Framework

Research on older people living with frailty in hospital

Safe, compassionate care for frail older people using an integrated care pathway

Fit for frailty

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