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Tactical Medicine News

Motion Sensors to Detect Age-Related Disease

by Conn Hastings
Sep 09, 2022
Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland have developed a motion tracking system that is intended to assist in detecting age-related di...
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Smart Socks Help Prevent Falls Among At-Risk Patients

Researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have tested the PUP (Patient is Up) Smart Socks, developed by a medtech company call...
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Microfluidic Chip Models Inflammatory Intestinal Disease

Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have modeled Environmental Enteric Dysfunction (EED), a childhood inflammatory intestinal disease, on a mic...
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Oil-Based Drug Gels Help Patients with Difficulty Swallowing

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have developed a series of oil-based gels that are intended to help those with difficulty swall...
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CollabCare and Hucu.ai Partner to Improve Communication for Older Adults and Families

Digital health solutions have helped to democratize access for underserved individuals and communities. With both increasing maturity and adoption ...
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SAEM Clinical Image Series: An Uncommon Cause of Shortness of Breath

A 102-year-old female presents with intermittent epigastric abdominal pain for the last two days. Episodes have no relieving or exacerbating factor...
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Humanoid Robot Measures Blood Pressure with a Touch

Researchers at Simon Fraser University in Canada unveiled a humanoid robot that can measure blood pressure by touching a patient’s chest. The robot...
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Robotic Cat Improves Mood and Cognition for People with Dementia

A research team at Florida Atlantic University has tested a robotic cat in its ability to influence the mood and cognition of patients with dementi...
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AI Powered Health Assistant for Seniors: Interview with Ryan Howard, CEO of 100Plus

100Plus, a California medtech company, created a suite of remote patient monitoring technologies. These include a digital weight scale, blood press...
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Battery-Free Smart Fabrics to Monitor Health

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a technique to create smart garments that can harvest electrical power from nearby Wi-Fi networks a...
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Droperidol for Agitation in Older Adults in the Emergency Department

Droperidol is safe and effective for the treatment of severely agitated patients in the ED [1-3]. But what about its use for agitation in elderly p...
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Geriatric EM: Falls Can Be Sentinel Events

  A 72-year-old woman is brought to your Emergency Department (ED) after falling while rushing to the toilet. She has no visible deformity on exami...
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What is palliative emergency medicine and why now?

The skilled and rapid resuscitation of critically ill patients is a central premise in the specialty of emergency medicine (EM). A paradox for ...
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REBEL Cast Ep 61: Diagnostic Questions in Urinary Tract Infections in the Elderly

Introduction: Beyond the Data The evolution from eminence-based to evidence-based care has come to define bedside emergency medicine, with rigorou...
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Secondary Fall Prevention in Geriatric Patients

Background: Falls are the most common cause of traumatic mortality in geriatric patients. Each year, about 1/3 of community-dwelling adults over th...
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Beyond the Abstract: Patient video testimonials improve physician interpretation of advance directives and POLST

Over 1,300 physicians across the U.S. were asked to interpret patient preferences for end-of-life care in theoretical cases. Physicians rarely reac...
Tactical Medicine News

5 Tips for Managing Pain in Older Adults

Pain is the most common reason people seek care in Emergency Departments. In addition to diagnosing the cause of the pain, a major goal of emergenc...
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Traumatic Brain Injuries in Older Adults

Older adults are at high risk of poor outcomes from even minor head injuries. We see many older patients in the ED who present after a fall or head...
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Hip Fractures in Older Adults: An Important Source of Morbidity

Hip fractures are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in older adults. The average age for hip fractures in the U.S. is 80 years, and a s...
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PV Card: Palliative Care Screening in the Emergency Department

What is Palliative Care? It is specialized medical care focusing on improving the care and quality of life for patients with advanced illness by de...
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Assessing and Managing Delirium in Older Adults

Every day in the Emergency Department we see older adults with dementia who have developed delirium and are brought in because of worsening agitati...
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Rib Fractures in Older Adults – What’s the Big Deal?

Blunt chest trauma from falls or motor vehicle collisions are a common reason for ED visits and a common source of rib fractures. While many patien...
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Geriatric Emergency Medicine for Students, Residents, and Physicians

We all know the population of the United States is aging. We know emergency physicians need to be prepared and trained to care for older adults. Bu...
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Sepsis in Older Adults: The Presentation May Be Subtle

60% of patients in the United States who develop severe sepsis are older adults (age 65 and over) [1], and the mortality of severe sepsis increases...
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Palliative Care in the ED – The Time is Now

“Don’t delay engaging available palliative and hospice care services in the emergency department for patients likely to benefit.” This statement wa...
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Transitions of Care: Top 10 things admitting providers wish we did for older adults

“Transitions of care” has become a hot topic in the care of older adults. It is usually applied to the transition from the hospital to home or the ...
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Geriatric Emergency Departments: Coming to a Hospital Near You?

We are all familiar with the concept of pediatric EDs. We see them as medical students, we train in them as residents, and we work alongside pediat...
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Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections in Older Adults: Diagnosis and Treatment (Part 2)

It seems like a simple enough question: How do you diagnose and treat uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) in older adults? The answer is:...
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Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infection in Older Adults: Diagnosis and Treatment (Part 1)

It seems like a simple enough question: How do you diagnose and treat uncomplicated UTIs in older adults? The answer is: It depends. Part 1 of this...
Tactical Medicine News

Serotonin Syndrome: Consider in the Older Patient with Altered Mental Status

What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you see an older woman presenting to the ED from a nursing facility with atraumatic altered me...
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Why the Holidays Can Be Deadly

The winter holiday season is a busy time in most EDs. Colder weather, respiratory infections, and many factors contribute to this. However Christma...
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Elder Abuse and Neglect: What to do in the Emergency Department

Have you ever identified elder abuse in a patient in your ED? The signs can often be subtle, can look like one of many other medical or traumatic p...
Tactical Medicine News

Putting an Older Patient Under: Tips for Geriatric Procedural Sedation

An 84-year old woman presents to your ED with a traumatic, left-sided posterior hip dislocation. You need to reduce the hip. But how should you sed...
Tactical Medicine News

10 Tips for Approaching Abdominal Pain in the Elderly

After seeing your fifth young patient of the day with chronic pelvic pain, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome, it is easy to be lulled into...
Tactical Medicine News

Alcohol Problems Among Older Adults in the ED

The complications of alcohol use can be subtle in older adults, and the effects of alcohol are often incorrectly attributed to aging. Because of it...
Tactical Medicine News

A time-based approach to elderly patients with altered mental status

It’s 7 am on a Monday. Your first patient is an 82 year-old woman who was brought in by EMS from an assisted living facility. All EMS can tell you ...
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Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) in the Elderly

Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is the number one cause of mortality in patients older than 65 years old. 1 To complicate this fact further, they al...
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Geriatric Blunt Trauma – Respect the Lactate

Which is a better prognostic tool in geriatric trauma, traditional vital signs or lactate level? Meet Norma Nuance (NN), a 70-year-old woman with ...
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Welcome new series Geriatric EM by Dr. Christina Shenvi

Welcome a new superstar blogger, Dr. Christina Shenvi (@clshenvi), to the ALiEM team. If there’s one talent I have, it’s spotting the rising academ...
Tactical Medicine News

Trick of the Trade: Steristrip-suture combo for thin skin lacerations

Lacerations of elderly patients or chronic corticosteroid users can be a challenge because they often have very thin skin. Sutures can tear through...
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