Improving Emergency Department Care for Aging Missourians: Guidelines, Accreditation, and Collaboration

Christopher R. Carpenter, Don Melady, Craig Krausz, Jason Wagner, Brian Froelke, Jennifer Cordia, Derrick Lowery, Brent E. Ruoff, Laurie E. Byrne, Douglas K. Miller, Lawrence Lewis

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Aging baby-boomers present significant challenges to accessible, affordable emergency care in America for patients of all ages. St. Louis physicians served as early innovators in the field of geriatric emergency medicine. This manuscript summarizes a multi-institutional November 2016 symposium reviewing the Missouri history of geriatric emergency care. In addition, this manuscript describes multispecialty organizations' guidelines, healthcare outcomes research, contemporary medical education paradigms, and evolving efforts to disseminate guideline-based geriatric emergency care using a "Boot Camp" approach and implementation science. This manuscript also reviews local adaptations to emergency medical services and palliative care, as well as the perspectives of emergency department leaders exploring the balance between infrastructure and personnel required to promote guideline-based geriatric emergency care with the anticipated benefits. This discussion is framed within the context of the American College of Emergency Physician's planned geriatric emergency department accreditation process scheduled to begin in 2018.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-452
Number of pages6
JournalMissouri Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017


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