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OBJECTIVES The study objective was to determine the sensitivity and specificity of the Emergency Severity Index (ESI) triage instrument for the identification of elder patients receiving an immediate life-saving intervention in the emergency department (ED). METHODS The authors reviewed medical records for consecutive patients 65 years or older who(More)
OBJECTIVES Older adults with dementia experience progressive functional decline, which contributes to caregiver burden and nursing home placement. The goal of this systematic review was to determine if any non-pharmacologic interventions have delayed functional decline among community-dwelling dementia patients. METHOD We completed a systematic literature(More)
INTRODUCTION Triage of patients is critical to patient safety, yet no clear information exists as to the utility of initial vital signs in identifying critically ill older emergency department (ED) patients. The objective of this study is to evaluate a set of initial vital sign thresholds as predictors of severe illness and injury among older adults(More)
OBJECTIVES Despite an increasing number of elderly emergency department (ED) patients, emergency medicine (EM) residency training lacks geriatric-specific curricula. The objective was to determine if a 1-year geriatric curriculum, designed for residents, would affect residents' attitudes, knowledge, and decision-making for older patients seen in the ED. (More)
We constructed a bidirectional Web-based system to transmit critical patient information in real time between referring nursing homes and a university hospital emergency department (ED) to facilitate the care of patients referred to our ED. Our model was inexpensive, improved measures of information transfer, and increased provider satisfaction.
Transitions between healthcare settings are associated with errors in communication of information and treatment plans for frail older patients, but strategies to improve transitional care are lacking. A systematic review was conducted to identify and evaluate interventions to improve communication of accurate and appropriate medication lists and advance(More)
OBJECTIVES An estimated 14% to 25% of all scientific studies in peer-reviewed emergency medicine (EM) journals are medical records reviews. The majority of the chart reviews in these studies are performed manually, a process that is both time-consuming and error-prone. Computer-based text search engines have the potential to enhance chart reviews of(More)
OBJECTIVES Methods to accurately identify elderly patients with a high likelihood of hospital admission or subsequent return to the emergency department (ED) might facilitate the development of interventions to expedite the admission process, improve patient care, and reduce overcrowding. This study sought to identify variables found among elderly ED(More)
Older adults who visit emergency departments (EDs) often experience delirium, but it is infrequently recognized. A systematic review was therefore conducted to identify what delirium screening tools have been used in ED-based epidemiologic studies of delirium, whether there is a validated set of screening instruments to identify delirium among older adults(More)
The Aging Brain Care (ABC) Medical Home aims to improve the care, health outcomes, and medical costs of Medicare beneficiaries with dementia or depression across central Indiana. This population health management program, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center, expanded an existing collaborative dementia and depression(More)