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Vital Talks to Have Before an Aging Loved One Is Admitted to the ER

June 10, 2017

From the U.S. News & World Report website

A 79-year-old man is involved in a serious car accident. He’s not able to breathe on his own, so a breathing tube is inserted to help him. An 80-year-old woman living alone falls at home but isn’t found until the next day. She has suffered trauma to her brain and can no longer speak coherently.

As a trauma surgeon, I’ve met hundreds of these types of patients. When I do, I already know I am at a disadvantage. These emergency room patients likely have more than one chronic medical condition and take more than one medication. But they are often unable to articulate any of this.

Here’s how you can better prepare for these incidents with the aging loved ones in your life:

From → Health & Safety

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