Emergency Rooms Adding Geriatrics-Trained Nurses to Help Avoid Hospital Admissions

February 2, 2018

The AP (2/2, Johnson) reports some emergency rooms are adding geriatrics-trained nurses to evaluate whether older adults can avoid a hospital stay because “more than 30 percent of older adults go home from a hospital stay with a minor or major health problem they picked up at the hospital.” Around 100 hospitals in the US have opened geriatric emergency departments, and the next step is an accreditation program. Dr. Kevin Biese of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, who leads the accreditation initiative for the American College of Emergency Physicians, said, “We want to have at least 50 certified hospitals by the end of 2018.”

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