The Role of Palliative Care in the Elderly Surgical ICU Patient

  • Joseph Stirparo
  • Robert D. BarracoEmail author
Surgical Care (F Luchette and R Gonzalez, Section Editors)
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Purpose of Review

Management of geriatric trauma patients is a multidisciplinary effort. The purpose of this paper is to review recent literature and further elucidate the role of palliative care in the geriatric trauma patient population.

Recent Findings

Recognition of the resources provided by palliative care continues to increase. Adoption of early consultations may improve both patient and family experiences especially in end-of-life situations.


Early identification of at risk patients allows for proper utilization of consultative resources. Palliative care has several defined roles in the elderly trauma population which include end-of-life decision-making, spiritual support, family support, and symptom management. Integration of palliative care into the multidisciplinary team caring for geriatric trauma patients should be undertaken.


Geriatric Trauma Elderly Palliative care End of life Frailty 


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Conflict of Interest

Joseph Stirparo and Robert D. Barraco each declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lehigh Valley Health NetworkUSF Morsani College of MedicineAllentownUSA

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