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US Falls Short in ‘Geriatricizing’ Emergency Departments

Florida Atlantic University

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The rapid growth of the geriatric population in the United States translates to more emergency department visits and associated complications from injury and disease. To address this challenge, in 2014, the Geriatric Emergency Department (GED) Guidelines were published and endorsed by four major medical organizations: the American College of Emergency Physicians, American Geriatrics Society, Emergency Nurses Association, and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.

The multidisciplinary guidelines characterize the complex needs of the older emergency department patient and current best practices, with the goal of promoting more cost-effective and patient-centered care. These recommendations ...