The geriatric ED

Phillip D. Magidson, John G. Schumacher, Elizabeth A. Couser

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1 Scopus citations


This chapter presents a case of 76-year-old woman with loss of consciousness, and complaining of right shoulder and wrist pain. With an increasing population comes an increasing number of emergency department (ED) visits, especially for geriatric patients. Geriatric Emergency Departments (GEDs) of ED care is designed to respond to the unique needs and challenges that older adult patient can bring to the traditional ED settings with improved patient outcomes and lower total costs. The GED concept is an emerging model of care that broadly focuses on the care of older adults in the ED setting. One method of pain assessment in the ED is the brief pain inventory (BPI), which is available in a short form to assess pain intensity and severity. The chapter provides GEDs report using screening tests for cognitive impairment and dementia, functional decline, fall risk and mobility, medication history or polypharmacy, and pain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeriatric Emergencies
Subtitle of host publicationA Discussion-based Review
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781118753262
ISBN (Print)9781118753347
StatePublished - May 31 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Brief pain inventory
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Dementia
  • Fall risk
  • Geriatric emergency department
  • Geriatric patients
  • Older adult patients
  • Polypharmacy
  • Right shoulder pain
  • Wrist pai

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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