Seminar Detail

Emergencies in the Geriatric Patient
Emergencies in the Geriatric Patient


When:  Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description
This is the best seminar on geriatric emergencies that you will ever attend - GUARANTEED! Join Steven Atkinson, nationally known expert, author and speaker on geriatrics for a high-energy, dynamic seminar filled with interesting case studies, insightful discussions and interactive learning. You will leave this seminar with practical techniques that you can apply the next day!

If you work with geriatric patients, this is a seminar that you won't want to miss! In this one-day seminar, you will learn to anticipate and manage a wide variety of emergencies that occur in the elderly population. Learn how to identify the vulnerabilities in older adults that predispose them to illness and injury. Develop strategies used to implement interventions that will prevent complications in your patients. Whether it be an adverse drug event, injuries due to a fall or cardiac complications, you must be prepared to properly assess and treat your patient. Attend this seminar and learn how to improve your care of the geriatric patient.
If there is no CE tab, please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Distinguish etiologic and pathologic factors associated with each emergency discussed.
  2. Develop diagnoses and formulate plans of care for discussed disorders.
  3. Identify vulnerabilities in older adults that make them more susceptible to emergencies.
  4. Devise methods to reduce potential injury from falls in the elderly.
  5. Compile physical and physiological reasons for changes in mental status.
  6. Identify the signs of multiple medication effects on geriatric patients.
  7. Develop strategies to identify abuse and neglect.
Program Outline

  • Identifying Vulnerability in Older Adults
    • Common Underlying Chronic Illness
      • Arthritis, Hypertension, Heart Disease, Vision Loss
    • Atypical Presentation of the Elderly
      • The Afebrile Septic Patient
      • The Lag-time with CXR's
    • Polypharmacy
      • Drug-Drug Interactions
      • The Top 10 Drugs to Avoid
    • Nutritional Deficits
    • Environmental Hazards and Falls
    • Dementia vs. Delirium
      • The Take-Home Message You Shouldn't Forget!
  • Neurological Emergencies
    • Syncope - The "Million-Dollar" Work-Up
      • Causes: TIA, CVA, Vasovagal
    • TIA: Why it can be Misleading
    • Cerebrovascular Diseases
      • TIA vs. CVA
      • Assessment Tricks that Doctors Use
    • Intracranial Hemorrhage
      • Assessment Tricks
      • The "Golden Hour"
    • Seizures
  • Orthopedic Emergencies
    • Major Orthopedic Fractures
      • Spine, Ribs, Pelvis, Femur
    • Complications of Major Fractures
    • Compartment Syndrome
      • Defined/Presentation/Treatment
  • Abdominal Emergencies
    • GI Hemorrhage, Pancreatitis, Diverticulitis
    • Bowel Infarction, Ectopic
  • Infectious Disease
    • Bacteremia/Septicemia
    • The "Never-Ending" UTI
    • When to React
    • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
    • Cardiogenic Shock
    • AMI/CHF Readmissions
    • Acute Coronary Syndromes
      • Tropoinin, CK-MB and Other Lab Tests
      • Protocols and Outcomes
    • Heart Failure
      • Presentation
      • DON'T Treat the Labs, Treat the Patient
    • Cardiac Arrhythmias
      • Recognizing the Serious Arrhythmias
    • Venous Thromboembolic Disease
      • Differentiation
      • "Old-School" and "New-School" Treatments
  • Pulmonary Diseases
    • Pulmonary Embolism
      • Watermark's sign, Hampton's Hump
      • The S1, Q3, T3 finding
      • "Old-School" and "New-School" Treatments
    • Pneumonia
      • Viral Pneumonia
      • Diagnostic Tests
  • Renal Emergencies
    • Electrolytic Disorders
    • Acute Renal Failure
    • Nephrolithiasis
  • Abuse and Neglect
    • Risk Factors
    • Clinical PEARLS: Don't get Fooled
    • Your Obligations / Involving Family


Steven Atkinson is a Board Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine. He practices medicine in the greater Minneapolis area. In addition to his private practice, he has been on the faculty at the University of Utah since 1994 and has been involved in medicine for over 30 years.

Steven is the co-founder of Twin Cities Physicians, which serves older adults in nearly all levels of their care. He has presented nationally for over 15 years, primarily speaking about geriatric-related syndromes. Steven is a published author and also sits on several boards whose purpose is to elevate the level of care in medicine for the patients they serve. Steven has been described as a "dynamic" educator and one of the most engaging presenters around. Don't miss him!

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Steven Atkinson is the founder and co-owner of Twin Cities Physicians; and owner of Mindful Geriatrics, LLC. He is an Adjunct Faculty at the University of Utah. Mr. Atkinson receives royalties as an author for PESI Publishing and Media. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Steven Atkinson has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
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