Geriatric Acute Care

Faculty Member: Kevin Biese, MD, MAT

Project Description: The Departments of Emergency Medicine and the Division of Geriatric Medicine/Center for Aging and Health are teaming up to find innovative ways to enhance care for geriatric patients throughout the UNC Health Care System with a particular focus on the Emergency Department.  We are currently researching topics on improving transitions of care from nursing homes to the ED and from the ED to the hospital or back to their place of residence; enhancing comprehension of discharge instructions for elderly patients; improving the triage system for the elderly; creating educational curriculum for health care providers of the elderly; and enhancing comfort measures for elderly patients while in the ED.  The research group meets weekly and includes attending physicians from departments as well as nurses, residents, statisticians, professional educators, medical students, and fellows.