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High fidelity simulations to teach key concepts in emergency department care of the elderly

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High fidelity simulations to teach key concepts in emergency department care of the elderly

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Authors:  
Brian Seymour, LCSW, Rochelle Chijioke, LCSW, Amar Patel, LCSW, Graham Snyder, LCSW, Kevin Biese, LCSW, Jan Busby-Whitehead, LCSW
Sponsor: 
American Geriatrics Society (AGS)
Geriatrics Education for Specialty Residents (GSR)
John A. Hartford Foundation
POGOe Id: 
20973
Posted: 
10/10/2011
Updated: 
10/10/2011
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Abstract: 

"High fidelity simulations to teach key concepts in emergency department (ED) care of the elderly" is a series of seven high fidelity simulations designed to instruct ED medical residents as well as other providers who care for the elderly in the ED key concepts of geriatric care. The cases include gastrointestinal bleeding, myocardial infarction, altered mental status, toxicology, sepsis, abdominal aortic aneurysm, and mesenteric ischemia. Core concepts taught include medication interactions, transitions of care, delirium, suicide risks and depression in the elderly, atypical presentations of disease in the elderly, and iatrogenic injuries. The cases have been successfully deployed in an ED resident training program with resulting care improvements for the elderly.  

Educational objectives: 
  • To increase emergency medicine care givers' knowledge of geriatric principals of care
  • To promote safe delivery of care for geriatric patients in emergency departments
  • To encourage emergency medicine care givers to consider the particular aspects of geriatric medicine when caring for elderly patients in the ED
  • To encourage collaboration and enhanced communication in caring for critically ill elderly patients
  • Each simulation scenario has its own specific learning objectives and topics to discuss during debriefing.
Discipline/specialty: 
Estimated time to complete: 
More than 3 hours
Contact person/corresponding author: 
Kevin Biese: kbiese@med.unc.edu
Suggested Citation:
Brian Seymour, Rochelle Chijioke, Amar Patel, Graham Snyder, Kevin Biese and Jan Busby-Whitehead. High fidelity simulations to teach key concepts in emergency department care of the elderly. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2011 Available from: http://www.pogoe.org/productid/20973