Bill Thomas, Erickson School, on NPR and in the Washington Post

The AP article “Some Hospitals Open ERs Just For Graying Patients” focuses on a new trend: the development of emergency rooms created specifically to meet the needs of seniors. As the article notes, ERs are well-equipped to handle urgent trauma cases, but may be less prepared to handle “the lengthy detective work it can take to unravel the multiple ailments that older people tend to show up with.” The article—picked up by NPR, the Washington Post, MSNBC and others—recognizes the first such specialized ER, which opened in Maryland in 2008 in consultation with faculty from UMBC’s Erickson School. Erickson professor Bill Thomas offers insight into the value of such initiatives for meeting seniors’ emergency medical needs. Learn more in the earlier Washington Post article, “Serenity In Emergencies,” which focuses on the senior ER at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md.

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