Geriatrics approach to elderly patients hospitalized in internal medicine and cardiology clinics.
Elderly patients hospitalized in these clinics are admitted with acute medical or cardiologic conditions (e .g. Pulmonary infection or acute coronary syndrome), which have to managed by clinic's staff.
What then occurs, due to the lack of beds and resources in public hospitals, is that once patients show clinical improvement, they are discharged. Many important age-related coexisting problems (cognitive, mental, motor function, neurological disorders, feeding problems etc.) are referred for treatment outside of the hospital setting. However, facilities treating these problems outside of the hospital are virtually nonexistent, and as a result, these conditions are not treated. Thus, the geriatric patient will only gain respite from their acute condition and their chronic problems will remain unaffected. This will soon lead them to the emergency room again, only perhaps not in the same hospital.
The differences in clinical presentation and treatment of same conditions in geriatric patients compared to younger patients, and the lack of awareness to this diversity absence of doctors of hospitals in this dimension, contributes significantly to the non-holistic management of these patients and the possible increase in morbidity , mortality and deterioration of their quality of life.
The main objective of E.E.M.E.G is to focus on educating doctors to understand the different perspective and to gain the necessary skills to deal with these patients without necessarily increasing the hospitalization.