Geriatric ERs reduce stress, hazards for older patients

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New York The Mt. Sinai Hospital emergency room seems and sounds like hundreds of others across the country: Physicians rush through packed hallways; machines beep continuously; paramedics wheel stretchers in as patients moan in pain.

“It’s like a war zone, ” told physician assistant Emmy Cassagnol. “When it gets packed, it’s overwhelming. Our sickest patients are often our geriatric patients, and they get lost in the shuffle.”

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