Emergency department providers across the nation recognize that, every shift, patients seem older. These observations are not an illusion. Aging baby boomers will increase the number of older ED patients every year for the next few decades. Vulnerable older patients often arrive to the emergency department with multiple comorbidities and vague chief complaints that require more complex decision making and prolonged evaluation times and increase the likelihood of admissions. ED providers are concurrently pressured to increase throughput and discharge many of these patients.1 Adding the difficulty of navigating the often-complex social issues that come with caring for elder patients, the challenges increase even further. ACEP’s Geriatric Emergency Medicine Section (GEMS) developed geriatric emergency department (GED) guidelines intended to provide recommendations and guidance for optimal geriatric emergency patient care.2 These were endorsed by the ACEP Board of Directors in 2013 and also by several other national emergency medicine and geriatrics organizations.
ACEP Accredits Geriatric Emergency Care for Emergency Departments
By Christopher Carpenter, MD, MSc, FACEP; Ula Hwang, MD, MPH, FACEP; Kevin Biese, MD; Darrell Carter, MD, FACEP; Teresita Hogan, MD; Marianna Karounos, DO, MS, FACEP; Michael Malone, MD; Donald Melady, MD; Anthony Rosen, MD, MPH; Mark Rosenberg, DO, MBA, FACEP; Sandy Schneider, MD, FACEP; Manish Shah, MD, FACEP; Thomas Spiegel, MD, MS, MBA; and Michael Stern, MD | on April 10, 2017 | 0 Comment
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- Restrictions on duration (36%, 229 Votes)
- Restrictions of quantity (34%, 219 Votes)
- Mandatory checking of prescription drug monitoring systems for all opioid prescriptions from the ED (30%, 194 Votes)
Total Voters: 367