There is a pretty good write up on Senior ERs on a great new blog called Next Avenue– it is very well done and is definitely worth a look. I like their emphasis on aging as a developmental reality.
Here is the lede…
Kyung Menkick, 77, thought she might be dying one morning last December when she awoke and felt her heart beating dangerously hard and her intestines twisted in a tight, painful knot.
Bum bah bah!!!!
Read what happened to Ms. Menkick HERE
I liked this part best…
Out of more than 2,000 senior ER patients screened at Trinity Health’s St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital in southeast Michigan, 11.8 percent tested positive for depression, triggering a referral to a behavioral medicine health professional, Penoza says. All older patients taking five or more medications were referred to a pharmacist, who checked for potentially harmful interactions. Nearly 16 percent of patients showed signs of dementia, sparking attempts to arrange respite care, counseling or other services for family members.
This is what happens when we actually use the wisdom embodied an evidence based approach to care for older people.