Geriatric ED Consulting
A Bold New Program to Help EDs
Care for a Growing Senior Population
In the year 2000, more than 35 million senior citizens sought emergency services. In 2030, that number is expected to double. With many seniors using the Emergency Department as their primary care physician, new demands are being put on the emergency department staffs that have to address a growing number of health concerns unique to the senior population.
Many EDs are unable to attend to the geriatric population effectively. As a result, patients leave the ED confused and frustrated. A high percentage these patients are re-admitted to the hospital within 30 days, which compounds their anxieties and adds unnecessary costs burdens to the hospitals themselves.
Is Your Hospital Ready for a New Era in ED Care?
Staying ahead of the curve, we developed a geriatric ED consulting program to help emergency departments improve patient care and satisfaction and increase ED efficiencies, while reducing hospital re-admissions and the associated costs to hospitals. The program is called the Emergency Department Geriatric Center of Excellence.
The Goals of Our Geriatric ED Consulting Program:
- Improve quality and patient safety from both the ED and inpatient discharge
- Improve immediate and on-going follow up care with our “Keeping Seniors Safe” program
- Optimize ED transitions beyond the ED and inpatient setting, with a focus on an enhanced discharge program that addresses medication management and follow-up care
- Provide additional training in geriatric ED care to clinical providers
- Place greater focus on the role of the family caregivers
- Continue to emphasize information technology, which plays an important role in communicating patient information across the continuum of care
- Establish interventions that target specific diseases or conditions, as well as interventions for historically specific reasons for re-admission