Number of people over 65 on emergency aid increased sharply

Number of people over 65 on emergency aid increased sharply

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The number of people over 65 that in the emergency ends up is greatly increased. In 2016, there were within this group in the Netherlands 116.000 more emergencies than in 2015.

The number of elderly people that acute care had get increased by seventeen percent. It is clear from research of Fluent Healthcare Amsterdam, writes The Parool.

Researcher Geert de Kousemaeker sees a clear link between the reforms in the care of the elderly and the increase of the elderly in the emergency.

The frail elderly to live longer independently at home causing physical decay less quickly noted and more accidents happen with a visit to the doctor or emergency help as a result.


Also the duration of a hospital stay of older people in longer. On average, it takes a record thirty percent longer than for others. The Kousemaeker says that people over 65 are often a variety of disorders and is that it is harder for them to diagnose. Because it is difficult to a nursing home where they can strengthen, remain the elderly often unnecessarily long in the hospital.

The Kousemaeker carried out the research for the Regional Consultations of Acute Care (ROAZ) of the AMC and VUmc. Since 2012, the number of times that an emergency due to crowds, temporarily patients had to refuse in the Amsterdam region and the Northwest of the Netherlands doubled.

In 2016, there was a record of four EMERGENCY-stops, shown in new figures from the ROAZ.

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