EUSEM Geriatrics EM Section

James Van Oppen, United Kingdom

The EUSEM Geriatrics EM section had a very busy 2022! We are pleased to continue our work in collaboration with EuGMS as the European Taskforce on Geriatric Emergency Medicine.

Our recent major projects to develop an educational podcast series (available through your favourite app – search for TheCase.Report) and posters for our practice guidelines ( are now complete. We are translating these posters; the German version is already available, and Polish is coming soon.  If you would like to see them in other languages get in touch and let us know!

We held another successful and fully-booked pre-course at EUSEM’s October Congress. The course is delivered by an expert faculty and uses lectures, simulations, and discussions to explore GEM topics including frailty, trauma, sepsis, syncope, and end of life care. We were pleased to receive positive feedback again and are exploring approaches to sharing this learning more widely.

It was great to catch up with so many GEM colleagues at the Congress, with twenty-two members attending our section meeting and more presenting work during the programme. This year our GEM-themed platform track ran through Sunday and Monday:

  • How to improve the quality of care in your ED: James van Oppen, Pieter Heeren, Sivera Berben, and Miriam van Houten presented their research on measuring care quality, models to improve GEM care, and a system to identify mistreatment of older people.
  • The GEM multidisciplinary team: an expert panel (Don Melady, Rosa McNamara, Áine Mitchell, Aoife Dillon, Kara Mcloughlin) shared their tips for how best to care for older people in EDs.
  • Emergency nursing for older people: Pieter Heeren, Karianne Melkert, and Mette Elkjaer shared a GEM literature update, demonstrated the importance of advanced practice GEM nurses, and discussed outcomes for acutely admitted adults who receive homecare.
  • We also enjoyed learning from some GEM poster presentations, notably by Erika Hörlin, Samia Munir Ehrlington and Heykel Gueffrache

We are looking forward to developing our collaborations and starting some new projects in 2023!