Lightning Learning: Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Lightning Learning: Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Here’s a quick starter’s guide on using the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in the ED.
— advice is based on local guidelines & procedures

What?

The CGA (Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment) is a single assessment process for the older person. It looks at several aspects of the person's life using the multidisciplinary team:

  • Medical

  • Mental health (including cognition)

  • Social and home environment

  • Functional capacity

Can be completed in the ED area by the PCCs with input from a MOE consultant, as well as therapy staff.

Why?

CGA aims to promote independence in the individual, while also reducing admission/length of stay.

Older patients who don't require a prolonged stay in hospital (less than 24 hours) can be admitted to EDU on the EFU pathway.

They should be a medically stable non cardiac patient with a NEWS <2 and investigations should be around patients baseline.

They will get comparable care to AFU, but allows AFU beds to be utilised by the more complex older patient.

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