The Unique Needs of Elderly Patients in the Emergency Department (Part 1)
Geriatric patients are the core business of health systems. Most nurses will be involved in caring for older people, regardless of the setting. Unfortunately, few nurses have specialized training in gerontology, particularly in geriatric emergency care. This two-part article series discusses the unique challenges faced by emergency departments in providing appropriate emergency care for the elderly. Tips on achieving more positive health outcomes in this patient population are provided.