Why This Book and Why Now? A Rationale and Systems Impact for Geriatric Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

  • Robert D. BarracoEmail author
  • Aurelio Rodriguez
  • Rao Ivatury


The geriatric population is increasing. The number of geriatric patients suffering from injury or undergoing emergent surgery is also growing. All of this is occurring without adequate systems in place to meet the need of the complex elderly patient. This chapter addresses the overarching rationale for this book and the impact on the healthcare and trauma systems in response to this growth.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert D. Barraco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aurelio Rodriguez
    • 2
  • Rao Ivatury
    • 3
  1. 1.Lehigh Valley Health NetworkAllentownUSA
  2. 2.Drexel University College of Medicine, University of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityRichmondUSA

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