Published Work by AGEM Members


AGEM Author Spotlight: Christina Shenvi, MD, PhD

Managing the Elderly Emergency Department Patient

Shenvi, C. L., & Platts-Mills, T. F. (2019). Annals of Emergency Medicine.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30287120

Christina Shenvi Author Headshot

Article Summary: This is an overview of several key topics that are critical to providing the best care for older patients in the ED. We cover atypical presentations of disease that can often lead to misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, or delayed treatment for acute coronary syndrome (ACS), abdominal pain, and trauma. As an example, older adults with ACS are much less likely than younger patients to present with chest pain. They often have other symptoms, such as dyspnea, diaphoresis, or nausea and vomiting as their presenting concern. The lack of chest pain can lead to delays in EKG or troponin performance and in PCI. Older adults are more prone to adverse drug reactions than younger patients. This is in part because older adults are prescribed more medications, and in part because of physiologic changes that occur with aging. We discuss some of the medications that confer the highest risk of side effects or adverse reactions, particularly as they may present in the ED. Finally, we discuss goals of care and transitions of care. The care of older adults is often more complex than younger patients, and they may need or benefit from services that are not always available from the ED, such as home health or outpatient physical therapy.  We discuss how the ED can function as part of a system to help improve health and independence and reduce unnecessary hospitalizations for older patients.

Short Bio: Dr. Shenvi is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. She serves as the Associate Program Director for the EM residency program and as the pre-clinical academic coach for the School of Medicine. She is also the director of geriatric ED operations at the UNC-Hillsborough hospital, and helped lead that ED to become the first geriatrics-accredited ED in the state of NC. She runs the best (and only) Geriatric EM podcast, called GEMCAST (available on iTunes). She has a passion for teaching, learning, deliberate practice, and intelligent pedagogy. 

Website: www.gempodcast.com

Twitter #1: @clshenvi

Twitter #2: @gempodcast

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March 2018
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February 2018
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January 2018

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December 2017

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November 2017

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October 2017

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September 2017

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August 2017

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July 2017

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June 2017

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May 2017

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April 2017

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December 2016

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October 2016

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