High-Energy Skeletal Trauma in the Elderly

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Abstract

Despite the increasing prevalence of high-energy skeletal trauma in the elderly (i.e., sixty years or older), there is a lack of prospective data regarding best care for these injuries.

Elderly patients with multiple injuries are often undertriaged to trauma centers and underresuscitated.

Aggressive early resuscitation can improve outcomes in elderly patients who have sustained skeletal trauma.

Comanagement by orthopaedic surgeons and geriatricians of elderly patients with skeletal trauma can lead to a lower length of hospital stay, lower readmission rates, shorter time to operation, lower complication rates, and lower mortality.

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