The geriatric emergency department

J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Nov;55(11):1873-6. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2007.01400.x. Epub 2007 Oct 3.


With the aging of the population and the demographic shift of older adults in the healthcare system, the emergency department (ED) will be increasingly challenged with complexities of providing care to geriatric patients. The special care needs of older adults unfortunately may not be aligned with the priorities for how ED physical design and care is rendered. Rapid triage and diagnosis may be impossible in the older patient with multiple comorbidities, polypharmacy, and functional and cognitive impairments who often presents with subtle clinical signs and symptoms of acute illness. The use of Geriatric Emergency Department Interventions, structural and process of care modifications addressing the special care needs of older patients, may help to address these challenges.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Delivery of Health Care / trends
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / trends
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Geriatrics / organization & administration*
  • Geriatrics / trends
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / organization & administration
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / trends
  • Health Services for the Aged / organization & administration*
  • Health Services for the Aged / trends
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training / organization & administration
  • Inservice Training / trends
  • Male
  • New York City
  • Population Dynamics
  • Quality of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Quality of Health Care / trends
  • Specialization / trends