Pneumonia and encephalopathy in a patient with progressing Parkinson's disease and dementia

Sarah Livesay, Susan D. Ruppert

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Abstract

The aging of the US population poses complex management issues for the health care provider in the acute and subacute setting. Although management guidelines exist to guide the treatment of individual disease processes, addressing goals of care in an aging patient with multiple comorbidities requires conversations unique to each patient and family. This case study examines the care of a patient with Parkinson's disease, dementia, and pneumonia admitted to the intensive care unit for altered mental status and metabolic encephalopathy. The pathophysiology and management of Parkinson's disease, dementia, community-acquired pneumonia, and dysphagia will be reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-172
Number of pages13
JournalCritical Care Nursing Quarterly
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Dysphagia
  • Metabolic encephalopathy
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Pneumonia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care

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