Management of Delirium in Older Adults in the Emergency Department
An Implementation Toolkit
Delirium is a key ED symptom – like chest pain or abdominal pain. It is common among older ED patients and commonly missed in their assessment. This toolkit provides resources to help you make changes in your ED to provide better care for those patients presenting with delirium. It includes resources and tools and links to the evidence to support their implementation.
Dr. Ula Hwang is Professor of Emergency Medicine and Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and a core investigator at the GRECC (Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center) at the James J. Peters Bronx VAMC. Her research focuses on improving the quality of care older adults receive in the ED setting that ranges from observational studies of analgesic safety and effectiveness in older patients to multi-centre implementation science studies of geriatric emergency care interventions.
Ula currently co-PIs the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative and is the PI on the Geriatric Emergency care Applied Research (GEAR) network.
Pamela Martin is both Nurse Practitioner and Program Director at St Mary’s Hospital Senior Services Emergency Department in Richmond, VA. St Mary’s has the first Senior Services Emergency Department in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Pam received her undergraduate degree from Lynchburg College and her Masters of Nursing Science from the University of Virginia. She currently serves as President for the Central Virginia Gerontological Advanced Practice Nursing Association. She is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the American Nurses Association, the Virginia Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nursing Association.
The West Health Institute and the Geriatric Emergency Department Collaborative (GEDC) co-produced these toolkits to provide resources for implementing the best standards of care for older adults in the Emergency Department. You are encouraged to choose and adapt the resources which are most relevant to your site.