From MedCity News:
Although the rising senior population is widely acknowledged, the need to change geriatric care in emergency rooms in light of the “silver tsunami” is not. Seniors generally have more complex conditions than the typical emergency room patient, posing challenges for ER staff. Add dementia to the equation and their visit may be a troubling sign that a family caregiver is overwhelmed and can no longer manage.
The ER has been at the crossroads of acute care and population health for some time, but the current state of geriatric care in hospital emergency rooms is no better than “cruise ship medicine,” according to University of California San Diego emergency medicine professor Dr. Ted Chan. He highlighted some of the ways hospitals are trying to change that in a fireside chat at the MedCity ENGAGE conference in San Diego this week.
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