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Acute Geriatric Inpatient Unit

Mission:

The mission of the Acute Geriatric Unit is to provide state-of-the-art geriatric care to older frail hospitalized patients. The Unit will offer specialized geriatric care that will allow patients to experience a hospital stay

  1. with fewer complications like delirium, urinary tract infections and falls
  2. with shorter lengths of stay
  3. without unnecessary tests

Design:

The Acute Geriatric Unit is located on the 11 th floor of the Reisman Building in the East Campus of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. It is designed to manage up to 15 patients, and will care for older frail patients admitted to the Hospitalist Medical Service.

The difference from usual hospital care consists of four components:

  • Geriatric Medical Directors: There are two Medical Directors who attend daily team meetings to discuss the patients' medical conditions, and with their expertise, address common geriatric medical problems such falls, pressure ulcer risk, and delirium.
  • Geriatric Clinic Nurse Specialist: The Nurse Specialist meets with patients' caregivers and helps address their geriatric needs. They provide staff education via lectures, as well as one-to-one bedside teaching. They are also intimately involved in guideline and protocol development in the Unit.
  • Geriatric Consultation: Patients are afforded additional geriatric medicine expertise through consultation with the Geriatric Consultation Service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
  • Geriatric Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants: The nurse practitioners and physician assistants who assist the hospitalist physicians have specialty training and experience in the care of older patients.

Goals:

The Acute Geriatric unit will provide efficient and compassionate care for hospitalized frail older patients in order to promote a quicker recovery. It is our belief that this innovative unit will be a model of care to be adapted throughout Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and ultimately throughout the nation.

Contact Information

Division of Gerontology
Department of Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building #1B (West Campus)
110 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02215
617-632-8696

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