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More emergency rooms designed for the older set

Will Turner, 94, has never had an emergency room experience quite like this.

At Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, he found thick mattresses to prevent bedsores, skid-proof floors, and curtains designed to produce less noise. It’s only a few examples of the features designed specifically for senior citizens.

“This is very far from the tumultuous feeling you have in other emergency rooms,” Turner said. “The others, there’s clatter going on, there’s litter, and people walk by who never look in your direction to see if you need something. This is different.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals 65 years and older typically make up nearly 25 percent of adult emergency room visits. The creation of the geriatric centered emergency department represents a shift towards catering to the health needs of the growing aging population.

More than 50 such departments will be opening in the health care system’s hospitals from New Jersey to California, according to Dr. Mark Rosenberg, who serves as chairman of the American College of Emergency Medicine’s (ACEP) geriatric section.  “I predict that hundreds of ED’s will move in this direction over the next several years,” Rosenberg said.

Since the creation of Mount Sinai’s unit, older patients coming to the general emergency room are moved to new unit, as long as they meet a certain number of clinical criteria, such as ability to remember their names or not needing resuscitation. In each of the eight bedrooms and six exam rooms, patients experience a quieter and calmer setting where they can wait and receive care from professionals specially trained in elderly care.

The Mount Sinai geriatric emergency department was designed with the intention of creating a safer and calmer atmosphere for the older demographic. An example of the attention to detail is highlighted by the installation of fake skylights in the unit. Elderly patients, especially if they have dementia, tend to become confused in general emergency rooms that are brightly lit 24 hours a day. The Mount unit is outfitted with skylights that tell elderly brains what time of day it is, and helps them adjust their body’s sleep and wake patterns.


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