What illness lands the most seniors in the ER?
from HealthDay News
For seniors who often find themselves in the ER, complications from diabetes is the most common culprit, new research shows. Not only that, these chronically ill patients remain in the hospital longer and require more treatment and resources, noted the authors of the study. "Efforts to improve care for vulnerable older Americans should focus on enhancing delivery and decreasing utilization," said lead author Dr. Edward Castillo and associate adjunct professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of California, San Diego. "Older patients are more likely to have multiple chronic conditions, which makes emergency care increasingly complex. A better understanding of older patients opens the door for interventions in and beyond the emergency department," Castillo explained in a journal news release.
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