We need a geri­atric ED in ev­ery com­mu­nity

Modern Healthcare - - Comment -

I re­cently came across the ar­ti­cle “Ca­ter­ing to the el­derly in the ED” (ModernHealth­care.com, July 7). As a long-time geri­atric nurse, all I can say is this is long over­due. I was al­ways wor­ried when send­ing my pa­tients to the emer­gency depart­ment as there is a great lack of un­der­stand­ing and in­sight into older adults. They are a unique pop­u­la­tion with very spe­cific needs. Just as we have pe­di­atric EDs, we should have a geri­atric ED in ev­ery com­mu­nity.

Colleen Bratichak, R.N. Over­land Park, Kan.

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