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ACOC Module: 1 What is an ACOC?

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Rebecca Moonah

on 5 December 2012

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Acute Change Of Condition (ACOC)
in Long-Term Care (LTC): What is an ACOC? What is an ACOC? What do we really mean? How would you describe an ACOC?
Jeff, NP a sudden, clinically important change from a resident’s baseline in physical, cognitive, behavioral or functional domains. “Clinically important” means a change or deviation that, without intervention or nursing action, may result in complications or even death.
Somebody looks different, they are not behaving as they normally do, something is "off" or gives you a feeling of unease about the resident's well-being or state of mind. What front-line caregivers…...
Nurses and PSWs...need to know… Prepared by:
Diane MacEachern RN(EC) BScN NP-PHC MScN(c)
Central East Community Care Access Centre, NPSTAT Module 1: What is an ACOC? (AMDA 2003) (AMDA 2003) How would you describe an ACOC?
Jeff, NP with Zombie Alice How would you describe an ACOC?
Mary Ann, PSW How would you describe an ACOC?
Lisa, RPN, ADOC So...how would you describe an ACOC? How would you describe an ACOC?
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American Medical Directors Association. (2003). Acute change of condition in long-term care setting. Clinical practice guideline. Columbia, MD: Author. Retrieved from: www.amda.com

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Boockvar, K., & Lachs, M. (2002). Development of definitions for acute illness. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 2, 279-284.

Hamilton Long-Term Care Best Practices Workgroup . (2007). Best Practices Approach to Acute Change of Condition in LTC Homes Resource Kit. Central South Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care .

Longo, D.R., Young, J., Mehr, D., Lindbloom, E., & Salerno, L. (2004). Barriers to timely care of acute infections in nursing homes: A preliminary qualitative study. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 5, S5-S10. References
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