Forum Session

Geriatric-Friendly Emergency Departments: Better Options for Patients and Providers?
February 19, 2016


Lisa Sprague, MBA


Older patients account for a significant percentage of emergency department (ED) visits, but their conditions may not fit neatly into the ED norm of the quick diagnosis of an acute problem followed by hospital admission or sending the patient home. Older adults frequently have multiple chronic conditions, cognitive issues, and social-support needs in addition to their medical concerns. Some U.S. hospitals have established geriatric-friendly ED programs, which may be separate spaces or a set of procedures tailored to elderly population. And a coalition of geriatric provider and research organizations has developed a set of recommendations designed to inform other approaches to address the needs of the elderly in EDs. This Forum session examined the ED experience, highlighted changes that can make it more comfortable and effective for older adults, and considered the ramifications of making geriatric-friendly changes.


Lisa Walke, MD (bio)
Associate Professor
Associate Chief for Clinical Affairs

Department of Internal Medicine/Section of Geriatrics
Yale School of Medicine

Judith Rogers, RN, PhD (bio)
Holy Cross Hospital (Silver Spring, MD)

Deborah Clark, MS, BSN-RN (bio)
Trauma Program Coordinator
Geisinger Community Medical Center (Scranton, PA)

Kevin Biese, MD (bio)
Associate Professor
Vice Chair of Academic Affairs

Department of Emergency Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

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