University of Michigan Medical School
This is a manual written for Emergency Medicine residents. It contains tools and information that can be used to facilitate the ED evaluation of older adults.
Basic familiarity with assessment tools in geriatric medicine that are applicable in the ED setting. Learners should be able to: 1.) Perform a functional assessment. 2.) Screen for cognitive impairment. 3.) Screen for depression. 4.) Evaluate for gait instability. 5.) Screen for polypharmacy and adverse drug events.
Greater than 50 Emergency Medicine residents at the University of Michigan have done this over the past 3 years. Distributed in hard copy to all incoming residents; accompanies a lecture regarding the ED assessment of older adults that is given once a year.