Michelle Ponte of Health Leaders Media proposes the following notion: hospitals need to take specific measures to monitor and improve Geriatric emergency department efforts in order “to help prevent avoidable hospitalizations.”

There are several factors that have started to impact Emergency Medicine Departments in hospitals nationwide. Contributing elements include healthcare reform, the number of individuals living with chronic illnesses, and the aging population. According to Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN and president of the John A. Hartford Foundation in New York City, there are about 40 million US citizens who are in the 65-year-old age bracket. In addition to this, she states that the set of individuals who are 85 years of age and older have become the fastest growing population. This further emphasizes Michelle Ponte’s thesis that there needs to be a dedicated department committed to Geriatric Emergency Medicine.

The main goal of the article is to highlight the fact that there are five crucial components that lead to a successful Geriatric Emergency Medicine Department: These components involve:

  • Building the Appropriate Physical Setting
  • Maintaining a Dedicated Team
  • Improve Patient Screening Processes
  • Establish Training Procedures for Healthcare Providers
  • Establish and Enforce Quality Metrics

To read the full article by Michelle Ponte of Health Leaders Media, please visit:http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/quality/5-essentials-geriatric-emergency-department