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Anesthesia for the Geriatric Trauma Patient

  • Walid AlrayashiEmail author
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Abstract

As healthcare continues to improve, the average life expectancy is increasing and hospitals are seeing a steady rise in the average age of their trauma patients. The elderly have unique physiology, pharmacokinetics, and anesthetic concerns that differ from their younger counterparts. This chapter focuses on the impact of geriatric trauma in hospitals, initial triaging and assessment, special pharmacologic and physiologic considerations, the most common injuries, and current anesthetic management strategies.

Key words

Geriatric physiology elderly trauma (anesthetic concerns) head injuries in the elderly orthopedic injuries in the elderly thoracic injuries in the elderly 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyNew York University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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