Special Issue: CSA Journal 78

Vulnerabilities of Cognitively Impaired Patients in Acute and Post-Acute Care Settings by Dr. Karen L. Gilbert DNP MS RN Certified Dementia Pr actitioner

Dr. Karen Gilbert, DNP

Dr. Karen L. Gilbert DNP MS RN
Certified Dementia Practitioner


Karen Gilbert serves as a Vice President for Alzheimer’s Community Care. She is a Certified Alzheimer’s disease trainer from the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Karen completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2019. Karen received her Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York and holds a Master of Science degree from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Karen L. Gilbert DNP RN MS CDP can be reached at kgilbert@alzcare.org 561-683-2700 Ext. 119.

This article is reprinted with permission.
Source: CSA Journal, No. 78 / Vol. 1, 2020

BY Karen L. Gilbert, DNP, MS, RN, CDP

There is little question that any patient, when ill or injured, is vulnerable to a variety of complications while receiving care in the acute care hospital and post-discharge, in skilled rehabilitation or other health-care settings. For patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or a related neurocognitive disorder, the risks are greater, and the consequences of adverse medical events are often more dire. However, there are interventions that can mitigate these risks.

All patients are vulnerable to a variety of complications during an acute-care experience. These risks may be magnified when the patient has a cognitive impairment.


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