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Scripps’ 4 Emergency Departments Accredited for Geriatric Care

Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. Photo courtesy of the Scripps Health

The American College of Emergency Physicians has awarded all four of Scripps Health’s hospital emergency departments geriatric emergency department accreditation, Scripps announced Tuesday.

The designation recognizes delivery of a high-level of specialized care to older patients.

According to the physicians’ group, the four Scripps hospital campuses — in Chula Vista, Encinitas, La Jolla and San Diego — met a range of criteria, including education, equipment and supplies, guidelines and procedures, the physical environment and staffing.

Each department has at least one board-certified emergency medicine physician and one registered nurse who have undergone special training to provide emergency care to older people, according to Scripps.

Other Scripps staff members receive education focused on common health complications older patients experience, such as cognitive and behavioral problems, falling, medication management or multiple conditions.