The inpatient care of a geriatric patient

The inpatient care of an elderly patient with several concomitant medical problems must include an assessment regarding whether the treatment could be carried out somewhere other than on a long-stay geriatric ward. A primary task of a doctor working with geriatric inpatients is to outline the individual patient's prognosis and make decisions accordingly. A decision not to attempt resuscitation must be made by an experienced doctor, and grounds for the decision must be carefully recorded.