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9780071383851: Geriatric Emergency Medicine

This volume, sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians, is a comprehensive, practical, ready-reference for the ED physician. Content focuses on how to effectively and accurately diagnose and treat this unique population.

Each chapter is structured as follows: High Yield Facts: a bulleted list of 5 high yield facts Introduction: definition of problem and relevancy to older population Epidemiology (if applicable): scope, incidence/prevalence, mortality Pathophysiology: causative factors, predispositions, risk factors, mechanisms of disease process or injury, organ systems affected and disease course Clinical Features: chief complaint, presenting symptoms key historical information, physical examination including general appearance, vital signs, specific findings, and associated findings Diagnosis and Differential: laboratory findings and ancillary testing (including indications for same and also predictive value of such tests, differential diagnosis Emergency Department Care and Disposition: immediate management priorities (overview), initial ED management (to include both pharmacological and non-pharmacological care of the patient), subsequent care (if applicable). Can also include prognosis. Additional Aspects: complications, controversies, pitfalls, medical/legal issues, ethical issues, and costs

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The ONLY urgent care text to consider the unique, clinically important differences of older patients.

Endorsed by the American College of Emergency Physicians, this quick-reference provides up-to-date, comprehensive, and easy-to-find diagnosis and treatment guidelines for this unique, and rapidly growing segment of the population. Organized for ease of use, an abundance of summary tables, high-yield facts, highlighted pearls and pitfalls, and algorithms speed access to information. What’s more, Geriatric Emergency Medicine includes full coverage of important topics not found in typical emergency medicine texts, including ethical considerations, and unique geriatric issues such as functional assessment, aging physiology, and nursing home issues.

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*Endorsed by the American College of Emergency Physicians
*Concise, yet comprehensive sections cover emergencies and illnesses involving all major body systems in older adults
*Expert and specific guidance for geriatric emergencies from cardiovascular to psychiatric, dermatologic, and more
*High-yield facts in each chapter emphasize important disease features, patterns, and relevance to the older population
*Frequent summary tables, such as risk factors, key clinical findings, and immediate management priorities
*Diagnostic and treatment algorithms throughout
*Key data on controversies, medical/legal issues, ethical considerations, and costs
*Recommendations on emergency pharmacological care
*Overview of special considerations in emergency care for older adults

About the Author:

Stephen W. Meldon, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio O. John Ma, MD, Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Truman Medical Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri Robert Woolard, MD, Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island

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