Episode 78: The frail elderly – treat symptoms first, last and in the middle – Part III
In episode 78, the final one on the frail elderly, Mike and James, with John Sloan, deal with what is really important to the frail elderly, and that is symptom control. We discuss pain and opioids, sleep and benzos, and combativeness and whatever seems to work – but all in very low doses. To cap of this final episode on the frail elderly, Mike and James forget to plug John’s book and he experiences great pain, he can’t sleep and becomes quite combative, but fortunately Mike and James have listened to this podcast and know what to do.
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