High yield research opportunities in geriatric emergency medicine: Prehospital care, delirium, adverse drug events, and falls

Christopher R. Carpenter, Manish N. Shah, Fredric M. Hustey, Kennon Heard, Lowell W. Gerson, Douglas K. Miller

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Abstract

Emergency services constitute crucial and frequently used safety nets for older persons, an emergency visit by a senior very often indicates high vulnerability for functional decline and death, and interventions via the emergency system have significant opportunities to change the clinical course of older patients who require its services. However, the evidence base for widespread employment of emergency system-based interventions is lacking. In this article, we review the evidence and offer crucial research questions to capitalize on the opportunity to optimize health trajectories of older persons seeking emergency care in four areas: prehospital care, delirium, adverse drug events, and falls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)775-783
Number of pages9
JournalJournals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Volume66 A
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2011

Keywords

  • Accidental falls
  • Aged
  • Delirium
  • Drug toxicity
  • Emergency medical services

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