Exactly what you are asking the geriatrician to do – ask your registrar or consultant if unsure. Common reasons include: approval for ACAT assessment, prolonged delirium, capacity assessment, diagnosis and management of cognitive impairment.
The patient’s baseline level of function/independence/cognitive function. You may need to gather collateral history from family, etc.
Goals of care for the patient, including resuscitation status.
Not having arranged allied health assessments prior to requesting the consult – this is likely to be the first thing the geriatrics registrar asks you to do, especially if the request is for an ACAT assessment.
They are likely only to consider taking over care if the patient has multiple complex medical or social issues that require specific geriatric input.
Not chasing collateral history from family members/carers – is the current level of function different from baseline or are they at their usual level?
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