Geriatric Peripheral Vascular Injuries: Nursing Implications
Trauma in the elderly is the fifth leading cause of death in patients greater than 65 years of age. Often the elderly have a lower mechanism of injury but display an increased severity of injury due to frailty and pre-morbid conditions. We often under-triage this patient population due to lack of pre-hospital triage guidelines along with trauma center geriatric triage criteria. The elderly often present to our trauma centers “looking good” which places many practitioners in a false sense of security. Geriatric patients have little reserve and the swift identification of an injured geriatric patient will lead to efficient assessment and treatment.
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