Syncope alone after age 60 does not require admission



SAN DIEGO – Unless the cause of syncope has been identified after a thorough workup in the emergency department, there is no advantage to admitting patients aged 60 years and older who complain of syncope, an ED-based study has found.

Almost 2,500 patients aged 60 or older with unexplained syncope after a thorough workup had similar 30-day outcomes whether they were admitted to the hospital or sent home from the ED, based on the results of a retrospective study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Dr. Marc A. Probst of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, who presented the data, reported that many centers admit older patients with syncope, although the benefit of this practice has not been well established.

In a video interview, Dr. Probst points out how the findings may be useful in guiding clinical decisions or counseling patients when admission is being considered.

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