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

Thursday, 3rd May

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