Welcome!

News Feed Item

New Geriatric Emergency Department Focuses On Care For Aging Population

Specially trained nurses and volunteers staff area for those 65 years and older; features include quieter rooms with natural lighting, televisions and non-slip floors

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a fall and subsequent trip to the emergency room, Gladys Nunley had her things packed, ready to be discharged from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She wasn't worried about the fall – the X-ray showed nothing was broken. However, the 90-year-old was concerned about what she would do when she got home to her Chicago apartment.

Then she met Dwayne Dobscheutz.      

Dobscheutz is a geriatric liaison nurse who represents a new Northwestern Medicine® initiative that gives elderly patients an emergency room of their own. The initiative is two-fold. First, the hospital now offers special geriatric emergency rooms for patients 65 years old and older that are located in a quieter part of the hospital and feature natural lighting, televisions and non-slip floors. Second, the hospital now dispatches specially trained geriatric liaisons to older patients when needed. These geriatric liaisons are four nurses, including Dobscheutz, who have approximately 100 years of emergency experience. They have been trained in dementia, gate and mobility assessment and independent living.

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is funding the project at Northwestern Memorial, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Since the program started at Northwestern Memorial in April, the four nurses have seen more than 800 patients in the geriatric emergency department. Only about 26 percent of those patients went on to be admitted to the hospital compared to 41 percent of non-geriatric patients, according to Amer Aldeen, MD, an emergency medicine physician who oversees the initiative. 

"Our goal is to give better heath care to our parents and grandparents," said Aldeen who is also an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "We want to make sure the right patients get admitted to the hospital and those who are discharged get the help and services they need at home."

Take Gladys for example. After just a few minutes Dobscheutz learned she lived alone, and that she needed to climb seven stairs to get to her front door. After asking Gladys to take a couple steps, Dobscheutz knew she might be able to take a cab home, but Gladys would never make it up those stairs without help. Gladys didn't need to be in a hospital, but she wasn't completely ready to return home either.  

"I realized Gladys would not be able to get up the stairs to her home," said Dobscheutz, who has been working in emergency departments for 20 years. "She was admitted to the hospital so she could rest and get a proper evaluation. In a short time, we were able to coordinate through the Department of Aging so she could get the physical therapy help at home she needed."

Dobscheutz and his fellow geriatric liaisons take pride in their new titles, which are proudly displayed on their works badges. Around the hospital they're called the "GEDI" nurses and Star Wars light saber icons pop up on a patient's electronic record when they are consulting with an older patient.

The "GEDI" nurses are becoming more and more popular as doctors and emergency department staff hears about patients like Nunley and their other success stories. Those who work in hospitals are well aware of the term "gray tsunami," a term that predicts the number of older Americans will almost double between 2005 and 2030 as baby boomers continue to age. Meanwhile, hospitals, physicians and nurses struggle on ways to prepare their facilities for the predicated drastic growth. Because one thing is almost certain: these older baby boomers will end up in hospitals and emergency rooms. AARP data shows that only 35 percent of people 65 or older think they will need long-term care in the future, while research shows that 69 percent of people who are 65 today will need some kind of support services at some point.

And it's not just the clinical services these patents will need. They will also need a little extra compassion and understanding. Northwestern Memorial also started training volunteers who specialize in elderly patients. They visit rooms armed with reading glasses, Sudoku puzzles and magazines. According to Northwestern Memorial nurse and geriatric liaison Barbara Buckley many times elderly patients just want someone to talk to.

"We had one man who just wanted lunch," Buckley said. "His wife was a patient, and they were waiting for her test results and both were a little anxious because every day she made her husband lunch. Her hospital stay disrupted their routine. Our volunteer saw his unfold and took the man to the cafeteria for lunch. It was a simple gesture but it made a world of difference."

To learn more about geriatric services at Northwestern Memorial, visit our website or connect with us on social media.

About Northwestern Medicine®
Northwestern Medicine® is the collaboration between Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine around a strategic vision to transform the future of healthcare. It encompasses the research, teaching and patient care activities of the academic medical center. Sharing a commitment to superior quality, academic excellence and patient safety, the organizations within Northwestern Medicine comprise more than 9,000 clinical and administrative staff, 3,100 medical and science faculty and 700 students. The entities involved in Northwestern Medicine remain separate organizations. Northwestern Medicine is a trademark of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and is used by Northwestern University.

About Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Northwestern Memorial is one of the country's premier academic medical center hospitals and is the primary teaching hospital of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Along with its Prentice Women's Hospital and Stone Institute of Psychiatry, the hospital has 1,705 affiliated physicians and 6,769 employees. Northwestern Memorial is recognized for providing exemplary patient care and state-of-the art advancements in the areas of cardiovascular care; women's health; oncology; neurology and neurosurgery; solid organ and soft tissue transplants and orthopaedics.

Northwestern Memorial has nursing Magnet Status, the nation's highest recognition for patient care and nursing excellence. Northwestern Memorial ranks 6th in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll of America's Best Hospitals. The hospital is recognized in 14 of 16 clinical specialties rated by U.S. News and is No. 1 in Illinois and Chicago in U.S. News' 2013-14 state and metro rankings, respectively. For 14 years running, Northwestern Memorial has been rated among the "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers" guide by Working Mother magazine. The hospital is a recipient of the prestigious National Quality Health Care Award and has been chosen by Chicagoans as the Consumer Choice according to the National Research Corporation's annual survey for 15 consecutive years. 

SOURCE Northwestern Memorial Hospital

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
DevOps at Cloud Expo, taking place Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 19th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time to wait for long dev...
As the world moves toward more DevOps and Microservices, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. The Microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, NetFlix and so on, is at the heart of Cloud Foundry - a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is IaaS agnostic and supports vCloud, OpenStack and AWS. Serverless computing is revolutionizing computing. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Raghav...
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business in 2016. However, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will drill down to the components in this fra...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
There is growing need for data-driven applications and the need for digital platforms to build these apps. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Muddu Sudhakar, VP and GM of Security & IoT at Splunk, will cover different PaaS solutions and Big Data platforms that are available to build applications. In addition, AI and machine learning are creating new requirements that developers need in the building of next-gen apps. The next-generation digital platforms have some of the past platform needs a...
19th Cloud Expo, taking place November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterpri...
Enterprises have forever faced challenges surrounding the sharing of their intellectual property. Emerging cloud adoption has made it more compelling for enterprises to digitize their content, making them available over a wide variety of devices across the Internet. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Santosh Ahuja, Director of Architecture at Impiger Technologies, will introduce various mechanisms provided by cloud service providers today to manage and share digital content in a secure manner....
Fact: storage performance problems have only gotten more complicated, as applications not only have become largely virtualized, but also have moved to cloud-based infrastructures. Storage performance in virtualized environments isn’t just about IOPS anymore. Instead, you need to guarantee performance for individual VMs, helping applications maintain performance as the number of VMs continues to go up in real time. In his session at Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, Product and Marketing at Tintri, wil...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Hitrons Solutions will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Hitrons Solutions Inc. is distributor in the North American market for unique products and services of small and medium-size businesses, including cloud services and solutions, SEO marketing platforms, and mobile applications.
SYS-CON Events announced today that eCube Systems, a leading provider of middleware modernization, integration, and management solutions, will exhibit at @DevOpsSummit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. eCube Systems offers a family of middleware evolution products and services that maximize return on technology investment by leveraging existing technical equity to meet evolving business needs. ...
SYS-CON Events announced today Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
Pulzze Systems was happy to participate in such a premier event and thankful to be receiving the winning investment and global network support from G-Startup Worldwide. It is an exciting time for Pulzze to showcase the effectiveness of innovative technologies and enable them to make the world smarter and better. The reputable contest is held to identify promising startups around the globe that are assured to change the world through their innovative products and disruptive technologies. There w...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Isomorphic Software will exhibit at DevOps Summit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Isomorphic Software provides the SmartClient HTML5/AJAX platform, the most advanced technology for building rich, cutting-edge enterprise web applications for desktop and mobile. SmartClient combines the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software with the simp...
With so much going on in this space you could be forgiven for thinking you were always working with yesterday’s technologies. So much change, so quickly. What do you do if you have to build a solution from the ground up that is expected to live in the field for at least 5-10 years? This is the challenge we faced when we looked to refresh our existing 10-year-old custom hardware stack to measure the fullness of trash cans and compactors.
Extreme Computing is the ability to leverage highly performant infrastructure and software to accelerate Big Data, machine learning, HPC, and Enterprise applications. High IOPS Storage, low-latency networks, in-memory databases, GPUs and other parallel accelerators are being used to achieve faster results and help businesses make better decisions. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at NVIDIA, focused on some of the unique ways extreme computing is...