Geriatric Emergency Medical Care presented by Dr. Yoghas Etchegaray

With the population in the world increaing in age, there is a much greater need for understanding the health issues of the elderly, especially in ED care. Dr Y gave an interesting and interactive lecture on some of the problems facing medicine, and emergency med in particular, as the world’s population ages. This attendee was surprised to learn that a high percentage of elderly coming to the ED with other problems, like a fall, are in delirium and that they are released from the hopital without ever being treated for delirium. In fact, the statistic is that 38% of elderly in deliruim who visit an ED are released and never treated.

To clear the confusion, delirium is an acute condition and is treatable, whereas dementia has a long onset and is usually not treatable. Dr Y said that a lot of times simply hydrating the patient reverses the delirium. It is very scary to this student to know that so many EDs are missing the signs and releasing people who could be easily treated and helped.

Keep an eye on our blog and join us in Second life! Dr Y will be giving a conference on delirium and will be giving further talks on Emergency medicine.


2 Responses to “Geriatric Emergency Medical Care presented by Dr. Yoghas Etchegaray”

  1. 1 Nat R. April 14, 2008 at 2:02 am

    I learned so much at the lecture and really am looking forward to learning more. Dr E has a lot to share and I think the thing that most imipressed me was his compassion he demonstrated towards patients coupled to the knowledge he possess. Thank you Dr. E!

  2. 2 Medsranch May 16, 2008 at 7:51 am

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