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Principles of Geriatric Emergency Medicine
SAEM Emergency Care of the Elder Person:
Instructor's Manual
http://decode-medicine.blogspot.com/

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  • 1. Principles of Geriatric Emergency Medicine
    SAEM Emergency Care of the Elder Person:
    Instructor's Manual
    http://decode-medicine.blogspot.com/
  • 2. The patient’s presentation is frequently complex.
  • 3. Common diseases present atypically in this age group.
  • 4. The confounding effects of comorbid diseases must be considered.
  • 5. Polypharmacy is common and may be a factor in presentation, diagnosis, and management.
  • 6. Recognition of the possibility for cognitive impairment is important.
  • 7. Some diagnostic tests may have different normal values.
  • 8. The likelihood of decreased functional reserve must be anticipated.
  • 9. Social support systems may not be adequate, and patients may need to rely on caregivers.
  • 10. A knowledge of baseline functional status is essential for evaluating new complaints.
  • 11. Health problems must be evaluated for associated psychosocial adjustment.
  • 12. The emergency department encounter is an opportunity to assess important conditions in the patient’s personal life.