Clinical care of older adults remains challenging in all Emergency Departments (ED). However, the needs of older adults can be complex and specific training is often lacking. This course will address core clinical Geriatric EM content and give tips and tools to facilitate management of complex geriatric patients in the ED. The learner will benefit from knowledge and experiences about common geriatric presentations in the ED and will gain confidence in managing them. The course is intended for ED clinicians, both MDs and advanced practice providers (NPs, PAs).
Participants in this course will be better informed, better equipped, and more comfortable as clinicians in managing the challenging presentations of older ED patients.
This course provides a modern approach to CPD by implementing the flipped classroom technique. You will receive 10 video modules to watch at your leisure, prior to attending the course.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Describe the main geriatric syndromes that have an impact on the clinical management of older adults in the emergency department
- Solve complex clinical situations involving older adults that are commonly seen in the emergency department
- Analyze their own clinical behavior and attitudes in care of older ED patients in light of new evidence
This course will run virtually over four hours. It will be 50% interactive, involving small break-out rooms taking learners through real-life case presentations. Participants have the opportunity to discuss cases in small groups led by geriatric EM experts. A wide range of Geriatric Emergency Medicine topics will be covered and learners will have the opportunity to select topics based on their areas of interest.
A wide range of Geriatric Emergency Medicine topics is covered by this course:
- Common infections and sepsis
- ED-specific Geriatric Pharmacology
- Trauma and falls (Femoral nerve block)
- Substance use and misuse
- Function and frailty assessment
- Dementia, Parkinson’s and behavioural disturbance
- Transition of care
- End of life issues
An 82 years old man was brought to the ED by EMS after a fall.
Vital signs are “normal”. The patient fell while trying to go to the bathroom during the night. He can’t explain why he fell but is adamant that he did not hit his head on the nightstand corner on the way down and could not get up by himself. He could not get up by himself and was too heavy for his wife to lift. He has pain in his right leg but feels “fine” at the moment apart from a mild headache.
Physical exam findings are notable for a GCS 14 (disoriented day and month). He has no signs of visible head trauma but some pain to his neck. He had normal heart and lung sounds. There are no other signs of injury on your assessment.
His past medical history is significant for coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (EF 45%), hypertension, dyslipidemia, BPH.
Have you seen this patient in your practice? Join the course to learn how to best manage and care for this patient from a group of geriatric EM experts!
Audrey-Anne Brousseau, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Rebecca Schonnop, MD, BSc, FRCPC
Don Melady MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCFP
Alice Gray MD, MSc, FRCPC
Brittany Ellis MBChB, MSc, FRCPC
Savannah Forrester MD, FRCPC