Alcohol and Aging: The Invisible Epidemic

Published:January 21, 2014DOI:
      Emergency medical services personnel calls to say they are en route to the emergency department with “a semi-responsive elderly female who was found at home by her family.” There are no signs of trauma. The history they provide is that the patient has lived alone since the death of her husband 3 years ago. One of the children calls every evening to “check on her.” Today, when she did not answer the phone, the son went to the home, found her unresponsive in her chair, and called 911. The son arrives with the paramedics and is able to give you information while other staff members assess and stabilize the patient.
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      Nancy Stephens Donatelli, Member, CODE Chapter, is Project Coordinator, Shenango Presbyterian SeniorCare, New Wilmington, PA.


      Joan Somes, Member, Greater Twin Cities Chapter, is Staff Nurse/Department Educator, Emergency Department, St Joseph's Hospital, St Paul, MN.