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Principles of Geriatric Emergency Medicine


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Principles of Geriatric Emergency Medicine
SAEM Emergency Care of the Elder Person:
Instructor's Manual

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Principles of Geriatric Emergency Medicine

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