When a medical emergency occurs, it is important to ensure that you receive the best care in the industry. Recently, a unique offering was opened in San Diego: an accredited geriatric emergency department offered by UC San Diego Health, designed to provide superior emergency care for people 65 and older.
What Makes a Senior ER Unique?
How does a senior ER differ from a standard emergency room? All of the physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and social workers have special training in geriatric medicine. This expertise includes a variety of health concerns related to age, including fall risk, medication interactions, and cognitive problems.
Too often, emergency rooms are designed for the general public, but certain details can contribute to falls or medical complications for seniors. In a senior emergency room, these problems are eliminated with special features to ensure the safety and comfort of elderly patients. These features include:
- Contrasting colors between floors and walls, also seats and flooring to maximize mobility and reduce the risk of falls
- Non-slip flooring
- Improved lighting
- Reduced ambient noise with sound-absorbing ceilings and walls
- Clear signage to make it simple for patients to navigate the floorplan
- No patterns in the upholstery or curtains, helping to avoid visual confusion
- Large clocks and daylight indicators to improve patients awareness of time
- Pressure-reducing mattresses that reduce the risk of pressure ulcers
Specialized Care for a Growing Demographic
The senior community is growing each year, so it is essential to ensure that proper medical care and support is available to help with health concerns. An estimated 25% of emergency room visits are people over the age of 65, but sometimes these unique medical needs can’t be met in a general emergency room.
In addition to treating the emergency medical condition, the hospital staff also screens for common concerns in the senior community, such as depression, dementia, fall risk, mental status, and more. Identifying these issues ensures that older adults receive the full treatment plan to maximize health and vitality.
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