Dec 7

Implementing an Observational Unit Model in the Geriatric ED

Expert Panel Webinar
Monday, December 7, 2020
3:00–4:00 PM EST



  1. To explore strategies to extend the assessment of complex older patients using an observation unit model in the Geriatric ED;
  2. To consider funding models and approaches to financing an observation unit approach;
  3. To hear first-hand experiences from various international sites about the function of their observation units, frailty units, clinical decision units, etc.;
  4. To provide resources – workflows, job descriptions, assessment tools – that may help you start an observation unit.

Expert Panel

Simon Conroy, MD
Professor of Geriatric Medicine
University of Leicester

Stephen Meldon, MD
Senior Vice Chair; Institute Patient Experience Officer
Emergency Services Institute at Cleveland Clinic Academic Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine,
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of CWRU

Lauren Southerland, MD,
Director, Geriatric ED
OSU Medical Centre

Moderated By

Don Melady


Dr. Don Melady is an emergency physician at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada and a founding member of the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative. He is the author of the website – a CME accredited program for geriatric emergency medicine education – and the chair of the Geriatric EM committee of the International Federation of Emergency Medicine.

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