Newest hospital trend: ERs for elderly

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    Seniors make 17 million ER visits a year, so it's no surprise some hospitals are creating geriatric-specific areas

    WASHINGTON — Many hospitals run emergency rooms just for children. Now a few are opening ERs specially designed for seniors, without all the confusion and clamor and with a little more comfort.

    It's a fledgling trend, but expected to increase as the population rapidly grays. The question is whether they'll truly improve care.

    "Older people are not just wrinkly adults. They have totally different needs," says Dr. David John, who chairs the geriatric medicine division of the American College of Emergency Physicians.


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