About the Course
Target audience: The target audience for this education program is nurses who want to enhance their skills in the provision of care of the older adult in the emergency department.
Course overview: Older adults aged 65 years and older use more emergency department (ED) services than any other age group, comprising approximately 21% to 40% of all consumers who use the ED. Compared to younger people, older adults have more diagnostic tests, longer stays in the ED, and are more likely to be admitted to the hospital. This course describes evidence-based approaches to assessing the older adult presenting to the ED, as well as interventions to prevent and manage common geriatric syndromes that occur before or during the ED admission. Transitions from the ED and organizational approaches to senior-friendly ED care are also discussed.
- Identify evidence-based approaches and tools to assess the older adult in the emergency department (ED).
- Describe interventions to prevent and manage geriatric syndromes in the ED.
- Discuss approaches to support effective transitions from the ED.
About the Author
Marie Boltz, PhD, RN, GNP-BC, FGSA, FAAN, and Amala Sooklal, BSN, RN
Dr. Boltz is an associate professor, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Ms. Sooklal is from William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
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