ED evolution: How to best serve elderly patients
from Healthcare Design Magazine
In 2012, EDs were faced with a challenging future: Increasing demand coupled with diminishing profit margins. Solutions included Lean design and technology integration to deliver care faster and safer, as well as the exploration of cost-efficient standalone EDs to serve as a bridge between an outpatient clinic and acute care hospital. But there was another topic covered pretty deeply, too: The need for geriatric EDs. This trend is still picking up steam. In fact, the ECRI Institute recently released its Top 10 Hospital C-Suite Watch List 2014. Among issues like healthcare-associated infections and cancer care technologies, there's issue No. 3: Emergency departments just for elderly patients.
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