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Geriatric trauma critical care 

Geriatric trauma critical care
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Geriatric trauma critical care
Author(s):

Gary T. Marshall

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199777709.003.0025
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date: 08 December 2019

The declines in motor and cognitive functionassociated with aging have combined to create an ever enlarging group of geriatricpatients experiencing trauma. As such, the ICU population is made up of anenlarging proportion of injured, elderly patients requiring specially tailored care.The injury severity is often disproportionate to an apparentlybenign mechanism of injury.Mortality is increased at all phases of the death curve in geriatric trauma patients:prehospital, early, and late. Early mortality can be reduced by early, aggressiveresuscitation, thorough radiographic evaluation, monitoring, and operation. Late death in the elderly is reduced by meticulous attention to detail and subtlechanges in patient status.

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