To meet the needs of older persons in the emergency medical care system, principles of geriatric emergency medicine have been defined and are listed in Table...

300-1Patients may present with vague or ambiguous symptoms, such as not feeling right, feeling weak, or not doing usual activities. Vague complaints, such as general weakness or functional decline, may indicate important diseases, such as sepsis, subdural hematoma, or myocardial infarction. Tools such as an assessment of functional status can be used for classifying and evaluating these complaints.

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