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Geriatric Trauma Patients: What is the Difference?

  • Bellal JosephEmail author
  • Ahmed Hassan
Trauma Surgery (J. Diaz, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Trauma Surgery

Abstract

Geriatric population is the fastest growing segment of the total population. They represent about 12 % of the US population. By the year 2030 it has been estimated that 19 % of the population will be older than 65 years. Currently elderly are more active and independent that increases the risk of trauma. Elderly are unique in their responses to trauma injury. The age-related physiological changes affect elderly ability to withstand trauma stress and increase the incidence of complications and deaths. Trauma surgeons and staff awareness of age-related changes and challenges will improve trauma-related outcomes in geriatric trauma patients.

Keywords

Geriatric trauma Physiological changes Aging Frailty Elderly injury GCS Mortality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery, Critical Care, and Burns, Department of SurgeryUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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