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<p>When compared to younger persons, older adults are more likely to experience missed or incorrect diagnoses and inadequate pain management. Older adults who are discharged from the ED are more likely to be readmitted. They also risk functional loss and higher rates of mortality. Whenever possible, and with the permission of the older adult, the ED nurse should include the patient’s significant other, family, or support person in the assessment process.</p>

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