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Geriatric Emergency Care


Delirium in the Older Emergency Department Patient

This Change Package and Toolkit were created by Dr. Inouye and staff at the Marcus Institute of Aging Research and the Hospital Elder Life Program, with assistance from the Gary and Mary West Health Institute, as part of a research project to improve delirium recognition, prevention, and management in the ED setting and to pilot test the Change Package and Toolkit in three EDs.

Malnutrition Resources Toolkit

This toolkit was developed by West Health and the University of North Carolina to support ED staff in screening senior patients for food insecurity.

Launching an Emergency Department Telehealth Program During COVID-19: Real-World Implementations for Older Adults

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), broadly defines telehealth as the use of electronic information and technologies to support and promote long-distance clinical care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. Forward triage is the sorting of patients based on needs before potential ED transfer. Forward triage establishes who requires ED treatment, prioritizes care delivery, and determines appropriateness of treatment in place, or in other settings.2 This paper highlights different models of how telehealth is being deployed by ED’s around the country based on needs, clinical setting, and resources.

30‐Day Emergency Department Revisit Rates among Older Adults with Documented Dementia

August 12, 2019 Tyler Kent BS, Adriane Lesser MS, Juhi Israni MS, Ula Hwang MD, MPH, Christopher Carpenter MD, MS, Kelly J. Ko PhD https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16114 Abstract presented at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting; May 15‐18, 2018; Indianapolis, IN. Abstract OBJECTIVES Published literature on national emergency department (ED) revisit rates among older adults… Read more »