Geriatric Trauma Care

  • Jeffrey J. Skubic
  • Zara CooperEmail author


The geriatric population in the USA is growing. With this growth comes an increase in injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries or hip fractures related to falls or other mechanisms, in older patients. Ethical decision-making when caring for the critically injured older patient can be difficult. This chapter serves as a guide to clinicians faced with ethical decisions in the care of these patients. The four tenets of ethics—autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice—are explored in relation to care of the older trauma patient. For each of these tenets, a clinical scenario is provided, followed by a series of ethical questions and, finally, a discussion with a literature review.


Geriatric Trauma Ethics Frailty Futility Autonomy Justice Beneficence Non-maleficence Surrogate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical CareBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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