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Geriatric Emergency Medicine

  • Covers the key aspects of geriatric emergency medicine in depth

  • Highlights common pitfalls

  • Underlines the increasing need for training and development in this field

  • Written by internationally recognized experts in emergency medicine and geriatrics

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Table of contents (28 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Pre-hospital Care and Initial Assessment

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Prehospital Management of Older Patients

      • Eric Revue, James Wallace, Shuja Punekar
      Pages 3-16
    3. Triage of Older ED Patients

      • Florian F. Grossmann, Christian Nickel
      Pages 17-22
    4. Primary Assessment and Stabilization of Life-Threatening Conditions in Older Patients

      • Mehmet Akif Karamercan, Abdelouahab Bellou, Hubert Blain
      Pages 23-48
    5. Secondary Assessment of Life-Threatening Conditions of Older Patients

      • Hubert Blain, Abdelouahab Bellou, Mehmet Akif Karamercan, Jacques Boddaert
      Pages 49-74
    6. Clinical Assessment and Management of Older People: What’s Different?

      • Gertrude Chikura, Simon Conroy, Fabio Salvi
      Pages 75-90
    7. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in the Emergency Department

      • Els Devriendt, Simon Conroy
      Pages 91-107
  3. Management of Common Conditions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 109-109
    2. Pitfalls in the Management of Older Patients in the Emergency Department

      • Fredrik Sjöstrand, Christian Nickel
      Pages 111-125
    3. Nonspecific Disease Presentation: The Emergency Department Perspective

      • Alexandra Malinovska, Christian Nickel, Roland Bingisser
      Pages 127-135
    4. Falls Presenting in the Emergency Department

      • Jay Banerjee, Anna Björg Jónsdóttir
      Pages 137-145
    5. Syncope in Older People in the Emergency Department

      • Nissa J. Ali, Laure Joly, Shamai A. Grossman
      Pages 147-161
    6. Trauma in Older People

      • Nicolas Bless
      Pages 163-175
    7. Management of Sepsis in Older Patients in the Emergency Department

      • Abdelouahab Bellou, Hubert Blain, Vishal Sehgal
      Pages 177-197
    8. Cognitive Impairment in Older People Presenting to ED

      • Chris Miller, Elizabeth Teale, Jay Banerjee
      Pages 199-207
    9. Depression in Acute Geriatric Care

      • R. Prettyman, J. Banerjee
      Pages 209-215
    10. Abdominal Pain in Older Patients

      • Zerrin Defne Dündar, A. Bulent Dogrul, Mehmet Ergin, R. Tuna Dogrul
      Pages 217-234
    11. Urinary Tract Infections in Older Patients

      • Roberta Petrino, Aldo Tua, Fabio Salvi
      Pages 235-246
    12. Management of Acute Chest Pain in Older Patients

      • Tim Arnold, Ursula Müller-Werdan, Martin Möckel
      Pages 247-259

About this book

This book discusses all important aspects of emergency medicine in older people, identifying the particular care needs of this population, which all too often remain unmet. The up-to-date and in-depth coverage will assist emergency physicians in identifying patients at risk for adverse outcomes, in conducting appropriate assessment,and in providing timely and adequate care. Particular attention is paid to the commonpitfalls in emergency management andmeans of avoiding them.

Between 1980 and 2013, the number of older patients in emergency departmentsworldwide doubled. Compared with younger patients, older people suffer from more comorbidities, a higher mortality rate, require more complex assessment and diagnostic testing, and tend to stay longer in the emergency department. This book, written by internationally recognized experts in emergency medicine and geriatrics, not only presents the state of the art in the care of this population but also underlines the increasing need for adequate training and development in the field.


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  • altered physiology
  • atypical disease presentation
  • cognitive status
  • delirium
  • non-specific disease presentation


“Given the rapidly growing geriatric population presenting to the emergency department, a book like this is well timed, particularly because there are too few resources on this topic. This book fills this void and the authors succeed in writing a book that can be easily embraced by general emergency providers, but is nuanced enough to provide an in depth and thorough exploration of the subject.” (Callie K. Schnitker, Doody's Book Reviews, September, 2018)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Emergency Department, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland

    Christian Nickel

  • Department of Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

    Abdelouahab Bellou

  • Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK

    Simon Conroy

About the editors

Christian Nickel is an emergency physician at the Emergency Department of the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland. He has a special interest in geriatric emergency care. Recently, he has been elected chair of the Geriatric Emergency Medicine Section of the European Society of Emergency Medicine (EUSEM). His main research focus is disease presentation and risk stratification of older Emergency Department patients. 

Abdelouahab Bellou is Professor of Therapeutics and Emergency Medicine, University of Rennes, France, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Quality and Safety, Administration and Leadership, International Emergency Medicine Fellowship (QuALIEF) at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA. He was also the co-founder and the former chair of the Section of Geriatric Emergency Medicine of the European Society for Emergency Medicine.  Dr. Bellou has been committed to the advancement of emergency medicine for over 20 years. Having served as a former president of the European Society for Emergency Medicine, he has been a leader in the development of international emergency medicine.Dr. Bellou’s consulting specialty areas include emergency medicine education, geriatric emergency medicine, ED operations improvement, ED design and layout, and disaster planning. He is an expert on implementing quality assurance and safety programs in the ED. He is also a basic science researcher working on the role of potassium voltage-dependant channels in vasodilatory shock.

Simon Conroy, Geriatrician, University Hospitals of Leicester & Honorary Professor, University of Leicester. His research addresses different models of care for frail older people, assessing feasibility as well as clinical and cost-effectiveness. Professor Conroy’s educational activities take an interdisciplinary perspective on developing and teaching knowledge locally (frailty services), regionally, nationally and internationally. His Specific areas of interest include: frailty, acute care of frail older people, falls in older people, community geriatrics & intermediate care, end of life care & advance care planning, comprehensive geriatric assessment, complex interventions for older people, prescribing in older people


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Geriatric Emergency Medicine

  • Editors: Christian Nickel, Abdelouahab Bellou, Simon Conroy

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-19317-5

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-79271-2

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-19318-2

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 405

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Emergency Medicine, Geriatrics, Intensive Care Medicine

  • Industry Sectors: Health & Hospitals, Pharma

Buying options

eBook USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-19318-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)