What started as an innovative pilot program at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md., two years ago is quickly turning into a national trend. A handful of hospitals around the country have looked at their community’s demographics and realized that an older population requires a more person-centered approach to emergency medicine. Check out the latest news from Wayne County, Mich.:
New emergency room may be right Rx for seniors
BY KEN ABRAMCZYK • OBSERVER STAFF WRITER • NOVEMBER 11, 2010
St. Mary Mercy Hospital is responding to the changing demographics of the city of Livonia and western Wayne County by opening the first senior emergency room in Michigan.
The six-bed emergency room, which opened in July, is designed to combine senior-friendly physical features with a series of assessments aimed at diagnosing and treating seniors.
“This is Michigan’s first implementation of a dedicated program addressing the emergency care needs and physical comforts of adults ages 65 years and up,” said Garry Faja, president and CEO, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.
The senior ER … includes private patient rooms scientifically designed to increase communication, safety and comfort, while reducing anxiety, confusion and risk of falling.
Features include non-skid, non-glare floors and handrails strategically placed for safety; natural light and documents with large print for easy reading; upright chairs; blanket warmers; bedside commodes; wheelchairs and walkers readily available for patients, and pressure-reducing mattresses.
Here again is a look back at how the Erickson School at UMBC and Holy Cross kicked off the trend: