Care of the Injured Elderly

  • Thomas A. Santora
  • Stanley Z. Trooskin
  • Lewis J. Kaplan

Abstract

Not only is trauma a difficult disease to combat, it is difficult to recognize as a disease at all. Although injuries affect people of all ages, gender, and race, because of its unpredictable onset most people believe that it cannot or will not affect them. No one plans for trauma; they may buckle their seat belts when they get into their car, but they never expect to crash. They might even shovel and salt their front steps in the winter when it snows, but they never expect anyone to have a serious fall. Therefore it is difficult for anyone to plan for the consequences of an unexpected injury-induced, life-altering experience. Any sudden change in an individual’s independence not only significantly affects the patient, it has a widespread effect on the family as a whole. Injury creates these unexpected, unplanned, unwanted consequences for hundreds of individuals each day. Such injuries can have cataclysmic effects in terms of loss of life, limb, income, and sense of self-worth.

Keywords

Trauma Patient Injury Severity Score Young Cohort Trauma Care Simplified Acute Physiologieal Score 
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  • Thomas A. Santora
  • Stanley Z. Trooskin
  • Lewis J. Kaplan

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