Geriatric Trauma: Emergency Nursing Considerations
As the fifth leading cause of death for adults older than 65 years of age, trauma and the appropriate management and care of the geriatric patient is pertinent in an expanding elderly population. Normal physiologic changes that occur during aging must be recognized during the initial evaluation or triage, and the common presence of comorbidities complicates the clinical care priorities. Additionally, the elderly are more likely to sustain injury in response to low energy blunt forces, such as falls, low-speed motor vehicle crashes, and any pedestrian-related collisions. As a member of the trauma team, the emergency nurse delivers comprehensive care of the injured geriatric adult, and provides pivotal assessment skills specific to the older adult. An understanding of common patterns of injury and geriatric-specific concepts are addressed, allowing the emergency nurse to act as an effective liaison for the patient, family, and healthcare team.
KeywordsGeriatric trauma Older adult trauma Emergency nursing Trauma nursing
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