Omaha, NE, (March 21, 2014) - While winter weather conditions could increase the number of seniors you're treating on travel therapy jobs, it may also have something to do with hypertension medications. Aureus Medical Group, a nationwide leader in healthcare staffing, shares research on why working with hypertensive patients on travel PT jobs may be a better option than medication.
Research from professionals at Yale University and Oregon State University, which was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, indicated that prescriptions for hypertension in the elderly may be related to an increased risk of injury due to falling.
Authors of this study knew from past findings that serious injuries, such as head traumas and hip fractures, resulting from a fall had similar effects on function and mortality as cardiovascular events. However, they were interested in finding out more about possible a link between antihypertensive medications and the risk of falling in seniors. All 4,961 participants were older than 70, suffered from hypertension and resided in community-living environments.
While 14.1 percent of the included seniors were not taking antihypertensive medications, 31.3 percent fell into the high-intensity antihypertensive group and 54.6 percent were designated to the moderate-intensity group at the start of the study. At the three-year follow-up, 446 of the participants had experienced a serious fall, which lead to injuries such as fractures, joint dislocations or trauma to the brain. Another 837 of the individuals died during this time span.
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About Aureus Medical Group:
Aureus Medical Group is a national leader in healthcare staffing specializing in the successful placement of Nursing, Advanced Practice, Cardiopulmonary, Diagnostic Imaging, Medical Laboratory, Neurodiagnostics, Radiation Oncology, and Rehabilitation Therapy professionals, as well as Physicians, in hospitals and medical facilities nationwide. With more than 30 years of experience, Aureus Medical offers a full range of staffing options, including national contract (travel), local contract, and direct hire. Aureus Medical is the largest affiliate of Omaha-based C&A Industries, a leading provider of human capital management solutions for more than 45 years.