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Interdisciplinary Team

Putting together an interdisciplinary team is the key to developing a successful Geriatric ED.  In this section you will find out about who the members of the team should be, and how to put the team together.

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  • Profile of a Physiotherapist

    Maegan Bell, a trained physiotherapist, joined Mount Sinai Hospital team in 2012. The Acute Care for Elderly strategies was already implemented, which also involved the project of the Geriatric Emerg...Read More

    Best Possible Medication History (BPMH) Guide

    Here is an outline for a script that any health care provider can use in the ED to ensure an accurate medication history — before discharge or before admission: Introduction – Introduce self and prof...Read More

    Ten Practical Tips for a Best Possible Medication History

    Be proactive. Gather as much information as possible prior to seeing the patient. Include primary medication histories, provincial database information, and medications vials/ lists. Prompt questions...Read More

    A Pharmacist’s Role in the Senior-friendly ED

    Why is medication reconciliation in older adults important? As people age, many develop a progressively complex mix of health conditions that require a growing number of medications to prevent the de...Read More

    Profile of a GEM Nurse

    Nana Asomaning has been working at Mount Sinai emergency department for the last 7 years. She was the second GEM nurse at in the Sinai ED. She is an important part of the evolution of Mount Sinai Sen...Read More

    Profile of an Occupational Therapist

    Seema Zerafa got involved with the Senior-Friendly ED initiative at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto when it was decided that a physiotherapist specialized in geriatric care was needed in the ED. Beca...Read More

    Profile of a Social Worker

    The first time Rebecca Detje heard about geriatric emergency medicine was when she was working in the in-patient unit. She started receiving patients from the ED with incredible GEM nurse notes. “Tho...Read More

    An Approach to Using an Inter-disciplinary Geriatric Assessment Team in the ED

    A Rationale for a “Hold Overnight” Policy for Complex Older Patients Elderly patients often have non-specific presentations that raise complex medical and psychosocial questions relating to etiology ...Read More

    Nurse-Led Geriatric Case Management – the GEM Nurse Role

    For more about GEM, visit the Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto’s Geriatric Emergency Management website. This post is modified from material provided by the Regional Geriatric Programme of...Read More

    Staffing the Senior-Friendly ED

    Staffing a senior-friendly ED means, in fact, building an interdisciplinary team. The guidelines state “The geriatric ED Staff and administration provides a multi-disciplinary team of care prov...Read More