Admission of Elderly in Emergency Units: Causes and Problems

Ageing is a normal, yet very complex process. As the body ages, the function of each system of body becomes impaired eventually giving rise to various health problems. This makes them frequent users of emergency units. Aminzadeh et al., has reported that older adults use emergency services at a higher rate, their visits have a greater level of urgency and they have longer stays in the emergency department. Even the elderly experience higher rates of adverse health outcomes after their discharge from hospital.

Emergency Units
Emergency Units

Many studies have been conducted to assess the problems of elderly people. Adverse drug effects, infection and COPD have been reported by Larsen. Abdominal pain as the main complaint in 3% to 13% of emergency department visits in older patients, has been shown by Samaras et al.. Most of the elderly patients presented in the emergency departments with non specific complaints followed by shortness of breathe and fever.

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