Can geriatric approaches support the care of old patients in emergency departments? A review from a Swiss ED

Schoenenberger, Andreas; Exadaktylos, Aristomenis (2014). Can geriatric approaches support the care of old patients in emergency departments? A review from a Swiss ED. Swiss medical weekly, 144, w14040. EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag 10.4414/smw.2014.14040

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In the coming decades, old patients will account for an increasing proportion of emergency department (ED) visits. During or after their stay in the ED, they more frequently suffer adverse outcomes than younger patients. There is evidence that specific age-centred approaches improve the outcomes. We therefore reviewed specific conditions needing particular attention in older ED patients, such as cognitive disorders and delirium, impaired mobility and falls, as well as problems related to the activities of daily living, disability, poly-pharmacy, adverse drug effects, co-morbidity and atypical presentation. We also propose steps to further improve the quality of care in older ED patients by using appropriate age-centred management.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > DCR Unit Sahli Building > Forschungsgruppe Geriatrie/Altersmedizin
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM) > Geriatric Clinic
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > University Emergency Center

UniBE Contributor:

Schoenenberger, Andreas and Exadaktylos, Aristomenis

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1424-7860

Publisher:

EMH Schweizerischer Ärzteverlag

Language:

English

Submitter:

Romana Saredi

Date Deposited:

01 Apr 2015 16:01

Last Modified:

01 Apr 2015 19:06

Publisher DOI:

10.4414/smw.2014.14040

PubMed ID:

25474710

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.67022

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/67022

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