Accidents and Injuries across the Lifespan –

Accidentsand Injuries across the Lifespan

Accidentsand Injuries across the Lifespan

Injuriesand accidents affect individuals irrespective of their age group,gender, and even socioeconomic status. However, it is important tonote that the pattern of injuries and accidents vary across thedifferent age groups (Peate,2006).&nbspFatal injuries and accidents are more widespread among the childrenand as well among the elderly. From the aforementioned argument wecan deduce that age precise factors impact the pattern and the typeof injury or accident occurrence. The most common cause of injuriesand accidents among the elderly and the children are falls (HitchcockSchubert and Thomas, 2003, Heron,2007). In fact, according to Heron (2007) accidents/unintentionalinjuries are highlighted as among the foremost causes of death amongthe children. Assuch, the understanding and knowledge of such relationships isessential for the nurses in order to plan for injury and accidentsprevention measures and as well as to plan for acute strain care.

Justlike injuries and accidents, depression affect individualsirrespective of their age group, gender, and even socioeconomic.However, in a healthcare setting the primary care practitioners areresponsible for treating most of the patient irrespective of whetherthey are suffering from depression. This implies that a patient mightbe suffering from depression and go unnoticed due to the absence of amental health practitioner in the entire treatment process. In mostcases, patients who are screened for depression within the healthcaresetting are those who show signs such as loneliness, sadness, guilty,and hopelessness. However, the health care professional such asnurses who are directly involved in the entire patient treatmentprocess should as well involve mental health specialist when theycome across a patient who has unexplained physical symptoms suchinjuries (Clarkand Reinecke, 2003, Durbin, 2014).&nbspAssuch, we can infer that screening and interventions for depressionare some of the ethical and legal strategies that BSN nurses use touphold the integrity of patients.


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