Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy: A Treatment Option for Seniors with Benign

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304208
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy: A Treatment Option for Seniors with Benign
Author(s):
Weems, Christi S.; Long, JoAnn D.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Iota Mu
Author Details:
Christi S. Weems, BSN, RN, cweems7394@lcu.edu; JoAnn D. Long, RN, PhD, NEA-BC;
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Monday, July 22, 2013, Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Purpose: Dizziness is the leading cause of falls in the US, resulting in 80,000 hospitalizations and 16,000 deaths annually and is a prominent external cause of unintentional global injury.  The purpose of this study is to explore the effectiveness and safety of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) for elderly patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and, to determine if performing VRT is within the scope of nursing practice.

Methods: This evidence-based comprehensive literature review used peer-reviewed articles published from 1993 through 2012, using Medline, CINHAL, PubMed databases and government aging websites searching BPPV, VRT, and effective treatment in the elderly.  The research questions were: 1) Is VRT a safe, effective form of treatment for seniors diagnosed with BPPV?   2) Is performing VRT within the scope of nursing practice?

 Results: Seniors were more likely to experience vestibular disorders due to the natural ageing process and the majority of patients are managed in primary care. Seniors with BPPV have a 12% increased risk of falling, depression, and altered mental status.  Approximately 70% of patients seeking help for dizziness receive medications that suppress the natural vestibular compensation process causing side effects that lead to falls and complications. VRT has a 65%-95% success rate in reliving symptoms of BPPV in as little as one or two treatments.  VRT is safe, effective, non-invasive, and quick. Exercises can be taught so that patients can continue them on their own.  VRT is well-tolerated and is the only treatment that has helped improve balance function and performance in patients with chronic balance issues, when compared to medical therapy.  

Conclusion: VRT is a simple, non-invasive therapeutic treatment that can be performed safely on seniors.  Nurses who are willing to work with medical colleagues, to define role boundaries and learn new skills can perform VRT safely and effectively.

Keywords:
senior care; nursing practice; Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleVestibular Rehabilitation Therapy: A Treatment Option for Seniors with Benignen_GB
dc.contributor.authorWeems, Christi S.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorLong, JoAnn D.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentIota Muen_GB
dc.author.detailsChristi S. Weems, BSN, RN, cweems7394@lcu.edu; JoAnn D. Long, RN, PhD, NEA-BC;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304208-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Monday, July 22, 2013, Tuesday, July 23, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b>Dizziness is the leading cause of falls in the US, resulting in 80,000 hospitalizations and 16,000 deaths annually and is a prominent external cause of unintentional global injury.  The purpose of this study is to explore the effectiveness and safety of vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) for elderly patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and, to determine if performing VRT is within the scope of nursing practice. <p><b>Methods: </b>This evidence-based comprehensive literature review used peer-reviewed articles published from 1993 through 2012, using Medline, CINHAL, PubMed databases and government aging websites searching BPPV, VRT, and effective treatment in the elderly.  The research questions were: 1) Is VRT a safe, effective form of treatment for seniors diagnosed with BPPV?   2) Is performing VRT within the scope of nursing practice? <p> <b>Results: </b>Seniors were more likely to experience vestibular disorders due to the natural ageing process and the majority of patients are managed in primary care. Seniors with BPPV have a 12% increased risk of falling, depression, and altered mental status. <b> </b>Approximately 70% of patients seeking help for dizziness receive medications that suppress the natural vestibular compensation process causing side effects that lead to falls and complications. VRT has a 65%-95% success rate in reliving symptoms of BPPV in as little as one or two treatments.  VRT is safe, effective, non-invasive, and quick. Exercises can be taught so that patients can continue them on their own.  VRT is well-tolerated and is the only treatment that has helped improve balance function and performance in patients with chronic balance issues, when compared to medical therapy.   <p><b>Conclusion: </b>VRT is a simple, non-invasive therapeutic treatment that can be performed safely on seniors.  Nurses who are willing to work with medical colleagues, to define role boundaries and learn new skills can perform VRT safely and effectively.en_GB
dc.subjectsenior careen_GB
dc.subjectnursing practiceen_GB
dc.subjectVestibular Rehabilitation Therapyen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:31:11Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:31:11Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission.en_GB
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