Infections in the Geriatric Person Following Trauma

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Abstract

Geriatric trauma patients are at increased risk of infections due to preexisting comorbidities as well as immunosenescence. Atypical presentations of infection should be anticipated. Care must be used in medication dosing due to decreased renal and hepatic clearance, hypoalbuminemia, and interactions with chronic medications. Hospital-acquired infections lead to substantial increases in cost, length of stay, and mortality, but can be reduced by the dedicated use of bundles.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine-Infection DeseasesUnion Memorial HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Medstar Union Memorial HospitalBaltimoreUSA

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