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Geriatric Emergency Medicine Modules

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Date Posted: 
12/31/1969
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
12/31/1969
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Abstract: 

This series of interactive internet modules consists of 5 basic and 3 advanced courses in geriatric emergency care. The 5 basic modules consist of a series of case based and Socratic questions. Each module includes approximately ten questions with links to key references and brief discussions of the answers. The basic courses are offered on the following 5 topics: Altered Mental Status, Geriatric Abdominal Pain, Geriatric Trauma and Elder Abuse, Inappropriate Prescribing and Adverse Drug Events, and Pain Management and Procedural Sedation. Advanced courses allow the learner to apply the knowledge gained from the basic modules on a higher level via a case simulation format. Each case has multiple possible outcomes depending on the clinical decisions made by the participant. Advanced courses are offered on the following 3 topics: Geriatric Acute Abdominal Pain; Altered Mental Status; Geriatric Trauma/Falls.

Educational objectives: 

Upon completion of these courses, you will be able to:

ALTERED MENTAL STATUS:

  • Indicate potentially reversible etiologies of dementia
  • Identify features of delirium
  • Recognize pitfalls in the management of older emergency department patients with altered mental status


GERIATRIC ABDOMINAL PAIN:

 

  • Apply a broad differential diagnosis for the older patient with acute abdominal pain
  • Identify short term mortality risk of older emergency department patients with acute abdominal pain
  • Identify difficulties encountered in diagnosing abdominal pain in older patients


GERIATRIC TRAUMA AND ELDER ABUSE

 

 

  • Indicate three events that account from approximately 75% of all trauma-related morbidity and mortality in older patients
  • Identify characteristics of cervical spine injury in the older trauma patient
  • Recognize the differences between outcomes of older patients cared for in trauma centers to those in nontrauma centers
  • Identify pitfalls in the evaluation of older patients with acute hip fracture


INAPPROPRIATE PRESCRIBING AND ADVERSE DRUG EVENTS:

 

 

  • Indicate appropriate and inappropriate medications for elderly patients in the emergency department
  • Identify emergency department diagnoses associated with an increased risk of inappropriate prescribing in older patients
  • Recognize the role of renal function in the selection of medication dosages for older patients


PAIN MANAGEMENT AND PROCEDURAL SEDATION:

 

  • Identify how physiologic changes associated with aging can impact pain management and procedural sedation
  • Recognize commonly prescribed analgesics and sedatives that should generally be avoided in older patients
  • Identify appropriate pharmacologic options for pain management and procedural sedation in older patients in the acute care setting
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

If you have previously created an account to login to the Basic GEM courses by emailing COMET, please contact COMET again at comet@ccf.org  to have your new login account merged with your prior login account.

Date posted: 
Tue, 09/07/2010
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Tue, 09/07/2010
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