Geriatric Trauma Patients: What is the Difference?

Bellal Joseph, Ahmed Hassan

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Abstract

Geriatric population is the fastest growing segment of the total population. They represent about 12 % of the US population. By the year 2030 it has been esti-mated that 19 % of the population will be older than 65 years. Currently elderly are more active and independent that increases the risk of trauma. Elderly are unique in their responses to trauma injury. The age-related physiological changes affect elderly ability to withstand trauma stress and increase the incidence of complications and deaths. Trauma surgeons and staff awareness of age-related changes and challenges will improve trauma-related outcomes in geriatric trauma patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1
JournalCurrent Surgery Reports
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Elderly injury
  • Frailty
  • GCS
  • Geriatric trauma
  • Mortality
  • Physiological changes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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