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Geriatric screening in the ED cuts hospitalizations

from By Lynn Hetzler

Simply talking to a specially trained nurse in a quiet room, away from the chaos of the emergency department, can prevent unnecessary hospitalizations in older adults. In fact, implementing such a transitional care program in three EDs reduced the risk of unnecessary hospitalizations by 33 percent, according to a new study. About one-third of patients aged 65 and older who visit an emergency department wind up admitted to the hospital, according to the CDC. more

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