Emergency and Urgent Hospital-Based Care

Ian Noonan, Karen Lowton

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This chapter addresses the needs of people with intellectual impairment including learning disability, cognitive impairment, and brain injury, when attending hospital in emergency and unplanned situations. Throughout the focus will be on the client and how healthcare professionals can improve what is potentially a very distressing experience for them. Staff who feel unprepared for working with clients with intellectual impairment can also be distressed by the diffi culties in assessing and managing someone who is injured, in pain, and frightened - particularly when the client is expressing this in ways that may appear confused or are problematic to assess. Therefore recommendations will be made at intrapersonal, interpersonal and organizational levels.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLearning Disability and Other Intellectual Impairments
Subtitle of host publicationMeeting Needs Throughout Health Services
EditorsLouise L. Clark, Peter Griffiths
Place of PublicationChichester
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780470697863
ISBN (Print)9780470034712
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

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    Noonan, I., & Lowton, K. (2008). Emergency and Urgent Hospital-Based Care. In L. L. Clark, & P. Griffiths (Eds.), Learning Disability and Other Intellectual Impairments: Meeting Needs Throughout Health Services (pp. 117-138). John Wiley and Sons Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470697863.ch7