Geriatric trauma: A clinical and ethical review

Casie L. Stevens, Alexia Torke

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Abstract

Because of advances in medicine and other sciences, the average human life span is longer now than any other time in history. The physiologic effects of aging as well as multimorbidity, polypharmacy, and other geriatric-specific syndromes create additional challenges when elderly patients experience a traumatic injury. However, there is a growing evidence base that can inform the clinical decision-making process. This narrative review of the literature addresses the state of the science regarding geriatric syndromes, guidelines and protocols, indices and models for prognostication, outcomes and ethical concerns in the treatment of geriatric trauma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-41
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses
Volume23
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

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Keywords

  • Ethics
  • Frail elderly
  • Geriatrics
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Critical Care
  • Emergency

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Geriatric trauma : A clinical and ethical review. / Stevens, Casie L.; Torke, Alexia.

In: Journal of trauma nursing : the official journal of the Society of Trauma Nurses, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2016, p. 36-41.

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