High-energy skeletal trauma in the elderly

Julie A. Switzer, Steven R. Gammon

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Abstract

▶ Despite the increasing prevalence of high-energy skeletal trauma in the elderly (i.e., sixty years or older), there is a lack of prospective data regarding best care for these injuries. ▶ Elderly patients with multiple injuries are often undertriaged to trauma centers and underresuscitated. ▶ Aggressive early resuscitation can improve outcomes in elderly patients who have sustained skeletal trauma. ▶ Comanagement by orthopaedic surgeons and geriatricians of elderly patients with skeletal trauma can lead to a lower length of hospital stay, lower readmission rates, shorter time to operation, lower complication rates, and lower mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2195-2204
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A
Volume94
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 5 2012

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