The Portal of Geriatrics Online Education

An Introduction to Geriatric Emergency Medicine

Video Description: 

This lecture presentation provides an introduction to geriatric emergency medicine by discussing the special needs of the growing geriatric population and challenges faced by the emergency departments when providing care to geriatric patients. The objectives of this video are:

1. Improve the emergency care for older patients.

2. Educate the learners about the special needs of the geriatric population.

3. Give learners the knowledge and tools needed to feel comfortable in evaluating the older patients in the emergency room.


Submitted by rianshahe on

I feel that the diagnosis of disseminated TB does not explain the transient right sided facial droop and episodes of right sided weakness. I would have appreciated a greater investigation or explanation for her neurologic symptoms. Additionally the video could have benefited from being more interactive, as it seemed like mostly a review. I was however previously unaware of there being a different definition for fever in the geriatric population and appreciate having been taught this as I will certainly incorporate it into my own practice.   

Submitted by varsha.narasimhan on

I appreciated the brief discussion of special disposition issues disposition of geriatric patients – making it possible for elderly patients to be able to follow up effectively seems like it would make a tremendous difference in patients’ health. I thought the discussion of physician attitudes and cognitive errors was useful as well, but I felt the video could have better described the process of diagnosis – if differential diagnoses are especially broad in geriatric patients and we can’t trust our judgments from history and physical because they are colored by biases (which may be difficult to shake), how do we realistically go forward in assessment and treatment? It’s not really possible or advisable to test for everything all the time, and I would have appreciated more information (maybe a case study) on how to decide what to test for. 

Submitted by loretta.cinquepalmi on

This presentation was important in that it taught me that there can be negative attitudes and a variety of biases that doctors bestow upon the geriatric population. This presentation provided adequate evidence and explanation of how to identify and avoid these errors in caring for the elderly. I would have liked more explanation on what was said about how Ockham's Razor may not always apply to geriatric diagnosis, along with a few more case examples to follow a complete case managment (diagnosis and treatment) of a geriatric patient.