Towards an elder friendly emergency at the BMP Hospital

Brome-Missisquoi seniors using the services of the emergency department at the hospital will benefit from a new approach specifically adapted to their needs.

The project is starting now and will be implemented over a two-year period. Its purpose is to prevent senior’s loss of autonomy and help maintain their abilities by deploying a greater safety net around them before they go to the emergency room, during and also after their stay.

“With this new approach, we will have an array of multidisciplinary services at our disposal for an elderly person’s transition to the emergency room, but also when returning home or after being hospitalized,” explains Dr. Michèle Lucey.

Training on best practices in geriatric emergency care will be provided to emergency physicians, all clinical staff at the emergency department and to volunteers. A clinical pivot nurse specializing in geriatrics will also join the team. She will coordinate the services for seniors during and after their stay in the emergency room. A beneficiary attendant dedicated to this clientele will come to help in mobilizing the elderly patients and helping them to eat and drink. Small equipment adapted to the specific needs of seniors will also be purchased to improve the physical locations.

The criteria that will serve as guides for the implementation of the project will lead to a request for accreditation and formal designation by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP – American College of Emergency Physicians) of the Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation (GEDA)”.

It is because of a major donation from a donor and friend of the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital Foundation, that an investment of more than $400,000 will be made for this innovative project.  “We are fortunate to have the support of such a generous donor helping to improve the effectiveness, safety and fluidity of care of seniors at the Pommeraie’s local service network,” says Mario Lagimonière, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital Foundation.

From left to right: Mr. Mario Lagimonière, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BMP Foundation; Dr. Karen Iny, Emergency Physician; Dr. Michèle Lucey, Emergency Physician; Ms. Joannie Proulx, Emergency Nurse Pivot; Ms. Lola Landes, Executive Director of the BMP Foundation; Ms. Julie Caron, Chief of Emergency Services; Ms. Claudie Gagnon, Emergency Services Coordinator and Ms. Lyne Cardinal, Director of Corporate Services CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS.