Influence of an acute disease in geriatric patients – effect of early nutritional support and physiotherapy


Authors: Z. Dědková 1;  P. Andělová 1;  B. Jurašková 1;  V. Tošnerová 2;  L. Sobotka 1
Authors‘ workplace: Univerzita Karlova v Praze ;  Klinika gerontologická a metabolická, FN Hradec Králové Přednosta: prof. MUDr. Luboš Sobotka CSc. 1;  Rehabilitační klinika, FN Hradec Králové Přednosta: doc. MUDr. Vlasta Tošnerová CSc. 2
Published in: Prakt. Lék. 2009; 89(5): 247-249
Category: In diferent

Overview

An acute disease in the elderly often results in the loss of self-sufficiency and the need for subsequent admittance to care homes. Muscle mass loss in the course of the acute disease could be the main factor for this, giving rise as it does to a loss of the general condition. The major factors influencing decrease of muscle mass during the acute disease are firstly catabolic reaction, reduced energy intake and inactivity. This article deals with a feasible solution to the problem and formulates the hypothesis that early nutritional support and rehabilitation positively affect the long-term perspective of the seniors. This hypothesis became the basis of the study, which has been under way in the department since 2008.

Key words:
Oral supplements, physiotherapy, sarcopenia, malnutrition, self-sufficiency.


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