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Deaconess Hospital Improves Emergency Room for Senior Patients

By Larissa Rhodes Modified: July 8, 2013 at 10:48 am •  Published: July 8, 2013
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Deaconess Hospital understands seniors have different emotional and clinical needs that the younger population. That is why Deaconess Hospital has upgraded its emergency department to reduce senior patients’ anxiety and create a calm and comfortable environment while tending to their special medical needs.

 

The goal is to make the emergency room visit less stressful and more accommodating for both patients and their families. Some of the noticeable changes in the Deaconess ER (emergency room) include:

  • Designated geriatric nurses for 65+
  • Thicker, more comfortable mattresses
  • Non-glare flooring
  • Nutritional supplements available
  • Natural rated lighting in rooms
  • Large font on printed material
  • Additional seating in patient rooms
  • Easy-push nurse call bells
  • Noise controlled area of the ER
  • Close proximity to restrooms

 

Managing medications is another area of focus for senior ER patients. Seniors will have their medication list reviewed by a pharmacist before discharge. This review will help reduce medication interactions by current prescriptions or by new prescriptions prescribed while in the ER.

 

An event featuring a physician presentation on Senior Adult Medicine and the introduction of the Senior Friendly ER will be held on Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m. at Deaconess Hospital. Registration for the event is required. For more information on Deaconess Hospital’s emergency services or to register for the event, call (405) 604-4444 or visit www.deaconessokc.com.