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Management of Nursing Care of the Aged in Geriatric Centers during the "Gulf War" / טיפול בקשישי המוסדות בתקופת מלחמת המפרץ – הערכות הסיעוד

חוה גולנדר, מאלי אהרנפלד, רבקה ברגמן, מאירה הניג, Hava Golander, Mally Ehrenfeld, Rebecca Bergman and Meira Henig
Gerontology / גרונטולוגיה
No. 59/60 (חורף-אביב, 1993), pp. 53-67
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23481571
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Management of Nursing Care of the Aged in Geriatric Centers during the "Gulf War" / טיפול בקשישי המוסדות בתקופת מלחמת המפרץ – הערכות הסיעוד
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Abstract

In order to learn how geriatric centers were coping during the Gulf War, questionnaires were distributed to 116 unit head nurses in 16 institutions. Additional information was obtained from the directors of nursing and national supervisors in a meeting three-and-a-half months after the cease-fire. Questions focused on organization of work, behavior of staff, patients and their families, main problems, solutions and recommendations. The data analysed by qualitative and quantitative methods showed a very high level of commitment by staff, flexibility, initiative and creativity in meeting the safety, the emotional and the physical needs of the aged. Stress level was highest in the "Scud" areas and among the mentally alert aged. Families visited less but increased contact by phone. Management was supportive with guidance, transport, child care facilities, etc. They also provided beds and food for spouses of the aged residents. Major problems related to safety measures (sealing rooms, moving patients during attacks), physical exhaustion and emotional stress of staff, and reorganization of care programs. Recommendations included development of a master plan for non-conventional attacks, preparation of buildings with structural improvements, recruitment and training of volunteers, clarification of roles of staff and education for same.

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