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Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation Program (GEDA)


Important Application Information

Due to high demand, the GEDA accreditation process is currently four months. Please note all three Levels of GEDA will undertake Policy and Procedure requirement changes on June 30, 2023.

GEDA Policy Protocol Evolution (PDF)

GEDA Care Process New Requirements coming July 1 2023 (PDF)

Application due dates (cut-off) cycles:

February 13, 2023

April 10, 2023

June 5, 2023

August 7, 2023

October 23, 2023

Application Info & Due dates

Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation Program

GEDA was developed by leaders in emergency medicine to ensure that our older patients receive well-coordinated, quality care at the appropriate level at every ED encounter.

COVID-19 is a geriatric emergency.

This peer-reviewed edition of J Geriatric Emergency Medicine has been prepared to share the most up-to-date (as of March 18, 2020) information possible regarding emergency treatment of older adults in the time of COVID.

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Seniors make contact with the health care system at many points – perhaps none as frequently or as importantly as the emergency department.

Populations around the world are living longer now than ever before, and in the US it is estimated that 10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 every day. This demographic shift brings challenges to healthcare systems as older adults visit emergency departments (EDs) at comparatively higher rates than non-seniors, often present with multiple chronic conditions, are at increased risk of polypharmacy, and suffer from complex social and physical challenges. Seniors make contact with the health care system at many points – perhaps none as frequently or as importantly as the emergency department.

The concept of a geriatric emergency department has developed in the past decade as hospitals recognize that one size ED care does not fit all. Older people in the ED have presentations, needs, dispositions, and outcomes that are quite specific to them. A geriatric ED may be either a separate space designated for older adults, or more likely, the integration of best practices for older adults into an existing ED.

Geriatric EDs embrace a variety of best practices including:

  • Ensuring geriatric-focused education and interdisciplinary staffing
  • Providing standardized approaches to care that address common geriatric issues
  • Ensuring optimal transitions of care from the ED to other settings (inpatient, home, community-based care, rehabilitation, long-term care)
  • Promoting geriatric-focused quality improvement and enhancements of the physical environment and supplies

Becoming a geriatric ED will improve the care provided to older people in your ED and ensure the resources to provide that care are available. It also signals to the public that your institution is focused on the highest standards of care for your community’s older citizens.

To learn more about geriatric ED best practices, four national geriatric and emergency medicine organizations collaboratively developed and endorsed geriatric ED guidelines that outline recommendations for optimal geriatric emergency care.

GEDA Accreditation List

Learn about GEDA Accreditation Levels

To learn more about the criteria for geriatric ED accreditation, see the accreditation criteria available below.

Bronze - Level 3

Bronze - Level 3

Silver - Level 2

Silver - Level 2

Gold - Level 1

Gold - Level 1

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