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Hazards of Hospitalization


Hazards of Hospitalization

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Helen Fernandez, MD, MPH, Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD, Patricia Bloom, MD
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A lecture presentation on the hazards of hospitalization and the risks for functional decline for hospitalized older adults. Includes an image by M.C. Creditor of the Hazards of Bedrest and Hospitalization from Ann Intern Med 1993;118:219-223, and a pocket card for interns showing the risks for hazards of hospitalization and tools for assessing the hazards of hospitalization.

Educational objectives: 

The learners (interns) will be able to:

  • Recognize factors that increase the risk of harm to older adults who are hospitalized.
  • Recognize the major hazards associated with hospitalization for older adults including:
    • Decrease in functional capacity
    • Weight loss and nutritional decline
    • Dehydration
    • Delirium and/or depression
    • Polypharmacy
  • Know how to assess for the hazards of hospitalization.
  • Recognize the importance of early discharge planning.
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

We try to offer this presentation to all first year residents in all disciplines.

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Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Already Expired Email Date: 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 4:24pm
Already Expired Email 1 month date: 
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:39pm
Expires 6mos Email Date: 
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 11:16am
Expired Email Date: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 4:47pm
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Helen Fernandez, MD MPH

Suggested Citation:
Rosanne Leipzig, MD PhD, Patricia Bloom, MD and Helen Fernandez, MD MPH. Hazards of Hospitalization. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2011 Available from:


Submitted by wilsonf on

Great information! Well done presentation!! Good job!

Submitted by bsetters on

Thanks Rosanne.  I especially liked the diagram.  I plan to use it (with credits of course) in my next Geriatrics Grand Rounds.