Hospitalization Risks

Elizabeth Phelan, MD, MS

Associate Professor
Division of Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine
School of Medicine
University of Washington

Learning Objectives


By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

  • Name three potential risks associated with hospitalization for older persons.
  • Describe why older persons are especially susceptible to complications when hospitalized.
  • Describe approaches to preventing complications and optimizing patient safety and outcomes.

[From the Winter 2013 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series]