SKIN FRAILTY PROJECT 2020: A Holistic Approach Towards Risk Assessment & Intervention
Selection to Prevent Pressure Ulcers/Injuries

Saturday, May 23, 2020



1510 - 1550




Frailty as a geriatric syndrome to be distinguished from normal age-related changes and from other age-related pathologies. Aging is the decline and deterioration of functional properties at the cellular, tissue and organ level. It yields a loss of homeostasis and decreased adaptability to internal and external stress yielding an increased vulnerability to disease and mortality. Frailty is a geriatric syndrome characterized by weakness, weight loss, and low activity that is associated with adverse health outcomes. It manifests as an age-related, biological vulnerability to stressors and decreased physiological reserves yielding a limited capacity to maintain homeostasis. This presentation will provide a holistic approach towards risk assessment and intervention selection for prevalent skin conditions associated with frailty. The focus will be on the clinical challenges and future perspectives related to risk assessment, diagnosis, classification, and prevention of pressure ulcers/injuries.


Inouye SK, Studenski S, Tinetti ME, Kuchel GA. Geriatric syndromes: clinical, research, and policy implications of a core geriatric concept. J Am Geriatr Soc 2007;55:780-91




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