The increasing numbers of the elderly admitted to general hospitals, and the complexity of their problems, has increased the need for geriatric consultations. We evaluated geriatric consultations given at the Wolfson Medical Center by the geriatricians of Shmuel Harofeh Hospital. Data on 6-months of consultations in medical, surgical, urologic, neurologic, orthopedic and intensive care departments were evaluated. 7,910 elderly (65 years and over) were admitted during this period, representing 58% of all admissions; 742 (9.4%) were targeted for geriatric consultation. The largest number of consultations (525) were in the medical wards, but the highest rate of consultations was in the orthopedic ward for rehabilitation after operations for hip fractures. The selection of patients for geriatric consultation at Wolfson Hospital was done by the staff of each ward. This method differs from that in most general hospitals abroad, where selection is by geriatric teams. Despite this difference, our data show that the rates of consultations were similar. Also, the multidisciplinary teams consisted of members of the staff of each ward and the geriatric consultant. The method of geriatric consultations presented is easy to set up, simple to operate, efficient and appreciated by the medical staff of the departments.
|Pages (from-to)||393-397, 455|
|State||Published - 15 Nov 1996|