Presented by the 2016 Western Emergency Department Operations Conference (WEDOC).
Presenter: Don Melady, Emergency Physician, Mount Sinai Hospital
According to the 2010 Census, more than 40 million Americans are over 65 years of age. Despite the fact that the geriatric patient population accounts for a large and ever increasing proportion of ED visits, the current ED model may not be adequate for geriatric adults. Dr. Melady will share his insights and lead a discussion on creating a geriatric friendly ED.
Dr. Melady has been a staff Emergency Physician for 25 years, both in community hospitals and currently at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Toronto. For the past ten years, he has focused his academic activities in Geriatric Emergency Medicine (GEM), care of older people in acute care. He has created a curriculum in Geri EM for EM residents, in Geriatric Mental Health for Emergency nurses, and an online accredited continuing medical education resource for practicing clinicians (geri-em.com). He has collaborated on creating a two-day workshop for the American College of Emergency Physicians on Geriatric ED Guidelines.
1. How do you advocate for change in your ED?
2. Describe the key components of a senior-friendly ED?
3. Identify 2-3 options for learning about implementation strategies for a senior-friendly ED.