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Emergency medical services use by the elderly: analysis of a statewide database.

Authors
  • Platts-Mills, Timothy F1
  • Leacock, Benjamin
  • Cabañas, Jose G
  • Shofer, Frances S
  • McLean, Samuel A
  • 1 Department of Emergency Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Volume
14
Issue
3
Pages
329–333
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3109/10903127.2010.481759
PMID: 20507220
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The proportion of patients using EMS to reach NC EDs increases steadily with age. By 2030, older patients will account for approximately half of EMS transports to NC EDs. The changes likely exemplify national trends and highlight the growth of EMS service needs for the elderly and the importance of emphasizing geriatric care in EMS training.

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