Link: Geriatricians In Short Supply

Physicians specializing in geriatric care are an endangered species, according this article in the New York Times. They are scarce in the area where I’m living, though we do have a couple of internal medicine practitioners who list geriatric medicine as a second specialty.

A geriatrician discussed in the article treated one patient on the day of the interview for pressure ulcers, a poorly dressed wound, dehydration, and depression. These were all problems that afflicted Sally down in Florida. The poorly dressed wound was a particular problem. I wish she could have seen a geriatrician.

Seniors are increasing in numbers all around the country. We should find ways of increasing the numbers of physicians trained to treat them.


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