June 21, 2019
The Journal of Nursing has published a paper, “Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation – Delivering Geriatric Care Standardization.”
“Older adults account for 46% of all emergency department (ED) visits resulting in hospitalization,” notes Nicole Tidwell, GEDA Program Director, ACEP.
“EDs around the country which are focused on improving their care of older patients can become accredited through the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) as a Geriatric (appropriate) ED with ACEP’s Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation program (GEDA). The accreditation is the first of its kind and is part of an effort to improve the quality and standards of emergency care provided to the nation’s older patients. The program builds upon the foundational work and support of the Gary and Mary West Health Institute and The John A. Hartford Foundation to enhance geriatric emergency care across the country.”