In this toolkit you’ll find resources curated for rural and remote EDs. We’ve included a large selection of education resources, and low-barrier interventions recommended by clinicians working in rural settings.
We recommend viewing our webinar: Caring for Rural Communities in the Geriatric ED, and reading the summary article: Rural and Remote Geriatric ED care.
The purpose of the interRAI ED System is to help clinicians prioritize and assess vulnerable older patients in order to improve patient safety and quality of care. It helps prioritize often scarce resources for those most in need without imposing a large burden on front-line clinicians.View
The geriatric comfort cart is a low-cost non-pharmacological intervention that can improve patient comfort and ability to communicate.
If a cart is not available in your ED, consider a cleaning caddy with a selection of comfort items.
Non-pharmacologic interventions improve comfort and experience among older adults in the Emergency Department
In this paper, you'll find a list of items for the comfort cart, examples, and results of a study illustrating it's efficacy improving patient comfort, overall experience, and independence.View & Download
This web page has a checklist of things to consider as you start or expand telehealth services in your ED. The website has more resources on different applications of telehealth including tele-triage or tele-emergency, and follow up care.View
Education for Rural EDs
All of our education modules can be found in the Online Learning section of our website. Here, we’ve curated a list of key educational resources that lay the foundation for improving care for older adults.
Completion of these modules will provide the clinical background necessary when assessing older adults in your ED.
1.0 AMA and ANCC credit
This module explores the anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology behind atypical presentations in older adults. It discusses history taking, physical exam, and differential diagnosis and will help you the next time you pick up a chart that says “weakness.”View
1.0 AMA and ANCC credit
1-hour module explores an approach to management of the routine patient who has fallen, and what constitutes an adequate ED work-up of the first-time or frequent faller.View
0.5 AMA and ANCC credit
A 30-minute module exploring morbidity and mortality associated with falls, how normal age-related changes predispose older adults to falling, and common clinical challenges in assessing an older adult who has fallen.View
0.5 AMA and ANCC credits
This is the essential module to complete if you would like to improve your ability to identify and manage cases of elder mistreatment or neglect in the emergency department.View