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The Role of the Emergency Physician for Injured Geriatric Patient Care in the ED

  • Dave Milzman
  • Sarada Rao
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Abstract

The rapidly aging population is now shifting the focus of healthcare. As the population lives longer, a greater percentage of individuals are living longer, more active, and subsequently at more of a risk to suffer from a traumatic injury. This means that more older persons are at risk to fall down and fracture a hip and suffer from a subdural hematoma and more at risk to be struck in a crosswalk and suffer from multiple trauma. Injuries in the geriatric population presenting to the emergency department (ED) are undergoing a change in presentations and complexity. Geriatric trauma is increasing both in absolute number and proportion of annual trauma admissions, with admissions in level I and II trauma centers up from 23% in 2003 to 30% in 2009 [1]. The geriatric trauma patient is three to five times more likely to die from trauma than a younger patient who sustains a similar mechanism of injury [2, 3].

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgetown University School of MedicineWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Emergency Medicine and Divison of TraumaWashington Hospital CenterWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Study Center for Brain InjuryWashington Hospital CenterWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryEastern Virginia Residency ProgramNorfolkUSA

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