Because the needs of elders differ from the needs of younger patients, hospitals should make changes to create an emergency department geared to the needs of seniors.
When patients over age 65 come into the emergency department at St. Mary Mercy Livonia Hospital they are triaged to a 14-bed dedicated senior emergency department.
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.
Anyone with an aging parent knows how frustrating it can be for that parent to be released from the hospital after a few days confined mostly to bed. Even if a mother or father is in pretty good shape and not terribly ill, regaining previous mobility a…
Way back in 1977, on the day I was to begin an exciting new job, I instead wound up in a hospital with, among other symptoms, a high fever and unbearable abdominal pain. Soon after my arrival, I lay on…
A hospital in Cleveland is the latest to create a separate emergency room dedicated to serving older adults, The Plain Dealer reports. How wonderful that the first senior-friendly emergency room, at Holy Cross Hospital in suburban Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC set a high bar and that other institutions are aspiring to reach and exceed.
Well it has been a pretty good week all told. I started out by flying to Omaha where I met up with Trinity Health’s Sue Penoza, we drove north to Sioux City, Iowa, stopping for lunch in Blair, Neb., at a really nice down home Mexican restaurant on main street.
Once in Sioux Falls, I did a TV interview about the Senior ER innovation and a couple of days later Eden legend Nickie Bigley sent me a note telling me that she saw the clip on her local TV station.
I will be meeting with policy makers in the state of Michigan this week. Topic 1 will be… “How can we deliver better emergency care to older people?” I have an answer to that, “We can create ER’s that are optimized to meet the needs of older people.” We know how to do it in […]