EN3: Improving emergency care for aged care residents: the Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention

Thursday, 3rd May
08:15-08:45

The Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention (GEDI) improves care of older people by prioritising ED medical and nursing review, frontloading geriatric specific assessment and focusing on shared patient-medical decision making. Evaluative outcomes show reduced length of stay in the ED and hospital, increased discharge with no change in re-presentation or morbidity and significant cost savings. The development of the model of care and the results of a robust evaluative research study will be presented.

After this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the value to the older patient and the health service of prioritising early, geriatric specific assessment in the emergency department

  • Understand “How to GEDI”: the GEDI model of care

  • See the financial and patient level benefits of an ED based service for older people


Elizabeth Marsden, Emergency Physician, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, Queensland; Australia