Infections in Older Adults

with Dr. Danya Khoujah

Infections represent 13.5% of all ED visits in older adults, which is more than both myocardial infarction and chronic heart failure combined! They also have increased morbidity and mortality, partly due to delay in diagnosis from atypical presentation & difficulty in obtaining an accurate history, in addition to underlying comorbidities and MDROs in these complex older patients.

Dr. Shenvi and Dr. Khoujah discuss common infections in older adults and associated complications, strategies for diagnosing these infections in the complex older adult who presents with vague complaints and incomplete history, and appropriate treatments.

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