Fatima opens senior-friendly emergency room

Fatima opens senior-friendly emergency room

NORTH PROVIDENCE - With an eye on addressing the health needs of Rhode Island's aging population, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital on Monday launched one of the state's first two senior-friendly emergency departments. Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence opened a facility just like it Monday.

For nearly a year, both emergency departments have undergone physical renovations and modifications, while providing enhanced training and assessment tools for staff, according to a news release. Nurses in the emergency room have completed geriatric emergency nursing education through the Emergency Nurses Association.

Other members of the team, including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, case managers and certified nursing assistants, have all received geriatric-specific training to enhance the care that seniors receive.

Beyond the enhanced training, there have been a number of physical and environmental modifications designed to make the visit for elderly patients more pleasant.

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