Failure to identify the presence of delirium in a geriatric patient during an
emergency room visit can significantly increase these patients’ 6-month
mortality rate. This article goes on to discuss important issues regarding
the care of our geriatric patients in this setting, such as falls and
polypharmacy. These aspects of care can be easily overlooked in the
emergency department due to various obstacles discussed further in this
article. A panel discussion in 2021 at the American Academy of Emergency
Medicine’s Scientific Assembly identified three areas in which realistic
improvements made in the ED’s processes might achieve better outcomes.

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