Going to the ER is a traumatic experience for anyone, and can be a stressful visit with all the activity happening around you. It may be hard to stay calm and feel comfortable in your surroundings, especially if you are suffering from a critical injury or illness.
For geriatric patients especially, the surroundings and general atmosphere of most emergency rooms are anything but calm and reassuring. Regardless of the illness or injury prompting an emergency room visit for an elderly patient, they are bombarded by loud, overly bright, frenzied, and sometimes confusing environment. This can prod elderly patients towards a further decline in cognitive function, expose them to infections and hospital acquired diseases, result in eventual transfer to nursing facilities instead of their own homes, and adversely affect their already frail health.
Don’t let the emergency room stress you out and try to use strategies that help you stay calm and in control. If you’re frustrated, ask for clarification and never be afraid to ask a question or have information repeated.
The following factors play into frustration at the emergency room, but recognizing these components can help you better approach a possible future emergency room visit:
The challenge of dealing with elderly emergency room patients is only growing greater. Across the United States, there has been a substantial increase in demand for emergency medical services among the elderly. An estimated 25 percent of emergency room visits are made today by Medicare recipients (even though they represent just 12 percent of the general population).
Stay patient and confident so that your emergency room visit is a positive experience that helps you feel better and healthier.
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