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Damage Control in Elderly Polytrauma Patients

  • Robert V. Cantu
  • Kenneth J. Koval

The elderly represent a unique group of trauma patients. How one defines the elderly is an important question. An active, healthy 65-year-old person may be physiologically more fit and better able to tolerate a high energy trauma than a 40-year-old person with multiple medical comorbidities and a sedentary lifestyle. On the other hand, a 75-year-old with a history of myocardial infarction, renal failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may not be able to tolerate even a slip-and-fall-type injury. Most studies of trauma in the elderly have used an age of at least 65 years in their definition.

Keywords

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Injury Severity Score Intramedullary Nailing Pelvic Fracture Damage Control 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OrthopedicsDartmouth Hitchcock Medical CenterLebanonUSA

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