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Open Access Commentary

Improving adjustments for older age in pre-hospital assessment and care

Marius Rehn

Author Affiliations

Department of Research, Norwegian Air Ambulance Foundation, P. O. Box 94, Drøbak, 1448, Norway

Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Akershus University Hospital, Lørenskog, Norway

Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine 2013, 21:4  doi:10.1186/1757-7241-21-4

Published: 23 January 2013

Abstract

Population estimates projects a significant increase in the geriatric population making elderly trauma patients more common. The geriatric trauma patients experience higher incidence of pre-existing medical conditions, impaired age-dependent physiologic reserve, use potent drugs and suffer from trauma system related shortcomings that influence outcomes. To improve adjustments for older age in pre-hospital assessment and care, several initiatives should be implemented. Decision-makers should make system revisions and introduce advanced point-of-care initiatives to improve outcome after trauma for the elderly.