Year: 1990 Source: Geriatric Nursing, v.11, no.5, (September/October 1990), p.228-230 SIEC No: 19910261

Vague physical complaints that bring an elderly person to the emergency department (ED) can be a cover for emotional distress. This article explains how ED nurses are often critical in recognizing the underlying problem. Nurses should ask elderly patients who frequently visit the ED for no physical reason about lifestyle changes, losses, support systems, substance abuse, suicidal ideation, & current medical treatment. 3 case histories are included. (VM)