Published: 24 November 2020
Author(s): Íde O'Shaughnessy, Roman Romero-Ortuno, Lucinda Edge, Aoife Dillon, Sinéad Flynn, Robert Briggs, Darragh Shields, Geraldine McMahon, Arthur Hennessy, Una Kennedy, Paul Staunton, Rosa McNamara, Suzanne Timmons, Frances Horgan, Conal Cunningham
Issue: April 2021
Section: Original article

With population ageing worldwide, the numbers of older people attending Emergency Departments (ED) continue to increase, which may lead to adverse operational and patient outcomes. [1] Older people in the ED are clinically very heterogenous and some presentations may be better suited to alternative out-of-hospital pathways. Where appropriate ambulatory services exist, specialist geriatric assessment in the ED ‘interface’ may improve outcomes by avoiding the adverse effects of potentially avoidable admissions.

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