6 May 2015
Changing the way emergency departments treat elderly patients could significantly reduce the number of hospital admissions for people in this age group.
Researchers conducted a three-year analysis and found that applying palliative care principles to emergency departments could even extend lives, as well as reducing medical costs.
Published online in the journal Health Affairs, the study involved a team from Icahn School of Medicine developing a new GEDI WISE model, which altered things in the hospital such as role redefinition and education in palliative care principles.
The analysis suggests the model resulted in a 1.4 per cent reduction in the intensive care unit admission rate for ED for patients aged 65 and older at the Mount Sinai Hospital.
Corita Grudzen, lead author of the study and former Mount Sinai Health System physician, said: "Our findings suggest that early palliative care inpatient consultation can improve care for older patients, decrease hospital lengths-of-stay and costs, and even extend life. The potential for this approach to improve the quality and value of geriatric emergency care warrants continued study."
Posted by Edward Bartel
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