Knowledge Exchange

COVID-19 in Older Adults: Key Points for ED Providers

Monday March 30th from 3-4PM EST. Join this expert panel presentation moderated by Dr. Don Melady and featuring panelists, Dr. Teresita Hogan, Dr. Michael Malone and Dr. Adam Perry. The goals are to introduce emergency physicians to the epidemiology and clinical presentation of COVID-19 especially in older patients, to highlight the challenges that older patients may face and pose in the ED and hospital during this pandemic (e.g. polymorbidities and impact on viral illness, difficulty of identifying infection because of blunted fever reaction, to provide a forum for discussion of their article COVID-19 in Older Adults: Key Points for Emergency Department Providers, to consider the proposition that for frail polymorbid older people (both in long-term care and living at home), prevention may be the only management strategy available particularly as hospital beds and ICU beds become overwhelmed and to emphasize the importance of advance care planning and establishing end-of-life goals of care. To join the webinar click here.