Assessment of General Characteristics of Geriatric Patients Admitted in a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital

Published on:April 2021
Indian Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 2021; 14(2):89-95
Original Article | doi:10.5530/ijopp.14.2.17


Assessment of General Characteristics of Geriatric Patients Admitted in a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital


Authors and affiliation (s):

Thennarasu Palani1, Ramakrishnan V Trichur2, Selina Grace Kurian1, Selvabharathi M1, Sivashankari M1, Shalini AS1, Srikanth Jeyabalan3,*

1Department of Pharmacy Practice, Sri Ramachandra Faculty of Pharmacy, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (DU), Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

2Department of Emergency Medicine, Sri Ramachandra Medical college and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

3Department of Pharmacology, Sri Ramachandra Faculty of Pharmacy, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (DU), Porur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA.

Abstract:

Aim/Background: The study aims to identify the risk profile of patients aged above 65 years and to study the pattern of drug use and resource planning for interventions. Methods and Materials: A prospective observational study was conducted in the Department of Emergency and Critical Care, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher education and Research that offers health care services in Porur, Chennai. Eighty-four patients were watched during the study period of 6 months. After providing written and oral information, written informed consent or proxy content was obtained from every participant before inclusion. Results: We characterized adults older than 65 years attending the ED in urban tertiary health care teaching hospital and observed several parameters like demographic variables, admission and discharge details, Prolonged Length of Stay (LOS), reasons for admission to Emergency Department, diagnosis, comorbidities, polypharmacy and final disposition. Conclusion: The rate of hospitalization and the rate of admissions were higher for the geriatric population when compared to younger adults in the Emergency Department. These rates increased with increasing age, presence of comorbidities and acute illness severity. In our study, disorders of the circulatory system were the leading cause that led to admission, hospitalization and mortality of the elderly.

Key words: Prospective, Observational study, Risk profile, Drug use, Comorbidity, Hospitalization.




 

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