Improving adjustments for older age in pre-hospital assessment and care
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:10.1186/1757-7241-21-4Published: 23 January 2013
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.