Improving care for the elderly in a medical emergency

With Australia’s elderly population increasing dramatically, EMF is funding key research projects to help improve clinical care for the elderly in emergency departments.

In 2010, EMF awarded a $280,539 grant to Dr Ellen Burkett, from the Princess Alexandra Hospital, to build a framework and quality care indicators for treating elderly patients who present at an emergency department. These indicators are helping standardise emergency care and improve the survival and health outcomes of the elderly.

Significantly, Dr Burkett’s research led to a $3.7 million grant from the Queensland Health Innovation Fund to develop the Comprehensive Aged Residents Emergency and Partners in Assessment, Care and Treatment (CARE-PACT) program. This program defines best practice in the acute care of the elderly in residential facilities.

Through her ground-breaking research, Dr Burkett also supported the launch of the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group (GEMSIG), which fosters and promotes quality clinical care for older people in emergency departments.

Key researcher: Dr Ellen Burkett


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