Title

Pearls and Pitfalls in the Crashing Geriatric Patient

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-1-2020

Journal

Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America

Volume

38

Issue

4

DOI

10.1016/j.emc.2020.06.011

Keywords

Critical care; Emergency clinician; Geriatric; Intensive care

Abstract

© 2020 Elsevier Inc. The geriatric population is growing and is the largest utilizer of emergency and critical care services; the emergency clinician should be comfortable in the management of the acutely ill geriatric patient. There are important physiologic changes in geriatric patients, which alters their clinical presentation and management. Age alone should not determine the prognosis for elderly patients. Premorbid functional status, frailty, and severity of illness should be considered carefully for the geriatric population. Emergency clinicians should have honest conversations about goals of care based not only a patient's clinical presentation but also the patient's values.

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