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Geriatric trauma

David Sanders, Dianne Bryant, Christina Tieszer, Abdel Lawendy, Mark MacLeod, Steven Papp, Liew Allan, Viskontas Darius, Coles Chad, Gurr Kevin, Carey Tim, Gofton Wade, Bailey Chris, Bartley Debra, Andrew Trenholm, Stone Trevor, Leighton Ross, Julia Foxall, Mauri Zomar, Kelly Trask
OBJECTIVES: To compare outcomes in elderly patients with intertrochanteric hip fractures treated with either the sliding hip screw (SHS) or InterTAN intramedullary device (IT). DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, multi-centre clinical trial SETTING:: Five level 1 trauma centresPatients/Participants: 249 patients aged 55 years or older with AO/OTA 31A1 (43) and OA/OTA 31A2 (206) fractures were prospectively enrolled and followed for 12 months. INTERVENTION: Computer generated randomization to either IT (n=123) or SHS (n=126)...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Tony Rosen, Sunday Clark, Elizabeth M Bloemen, Mary R Mulcare, Michael E Stern, Jeffrey E Hall, Neal E Flomenbaum, Mark S Lachs, Soumitra R Eachempati
INTRODUCTION: While geriatric trauma patients have begun to receive increased attention, little research has investigated assault-related injuries among older adults. Our goal was to describe characteristics, treatment, and outcomes of geriatric assault victims and compare them both to geriatric victims of accidental injury and younger assault victims. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of the 2008-2012 National Trauma Data Bank. We identified cases of assault-related injury admitted to trauma centers in patients aged ≥60 using the variable "intent of injury...
September 3, 2016: Injury
Jeffrey M Caterino, Nicole V Brown, Maya W Hamilton, Brian Ichwan, Salman Khaliqdina, David C Evans, Subrahmanyan Darbha, Ashish R Panchal, Manish N Shah
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect on outcomes of the Ohio Department of Public Safety statewide geriatric triage criteria, established in 2009 for emergency medical services (EMS) to use for injured individuals aged 70 and older. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study of the Ohio Trauma Registry. SETTING: All hospitals in Ohio. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals aged 70 and older in the Ohio Trauma Registry from January 2006 through December 2011, 3 years before and 3 years after criteria adoption (N = 34,499)...
October 3, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Megan E Gornet, Michael P Kelly
Fractures of the second cervical vertebra (C2, axis) are common in adult spine surgery. Those fractures occurring in younger adult patients are often associated with high-energy mechanism trauma, resulting in a "Hangman's Fracture." Management of these fractures is often successful with nonoperative means, though surgery may be needed in those fractures with greater displacement and injury to the C2-C3 disc. Older patients are more likely to sustain fractures of the odontoid process. The evidence supporting surgical management of these fractures is evolving, as there may be a mortality benefit to surgery...
September 29, 2016: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
C Ihle, C Bahrs, T Freude, M Bickel, I Spielhaupter, E Wintermeyer, L Stollhof, L Grünwald, P Ziegler, S Pscherer, U Stöckle, A Nussler
Background: The prevalence of malnutrition in hospitalised patients is reported to be between 16 and 55 % across disciplines. Within hospital care, screening for malnutrition is required. However, in orthopaedics and trauma surgery, there is still no generally accepted recommendation for the methods for such a data survey. In the present study, the following aspects are to be investigated with the help of two established scores: (1) the prevalence of malnutrition in the patient population of geriatric trauma care, and (2) the correlation between methods of data survey...
September 29, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Orthopädie und Unfallchirurgie
D Eschbach, T Kirchbichler, T Wiesmann, L Oberkircher, C Bliemel, S Ruchholtz, B Buecking
BACKGROUND: Most studies focusing on improving the nutritional status of geriatric trauma patients exclude patients with cognitive impairment. These patients are especially at risk of malnutrition at admission and of worsening during the perioperative fasting period. This study was planned as a feasibility study to identify the difficulties involved in including this high-risk collective of cognitively impaired geriatric trauma patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective intervention study included cognitively impaired geriatric patients (Mini-Mental State Examination <25, age >65 years) with hip-related fractures...
2016: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Camilla L Wong, Raghda AlAtia, Amanda McFarlan, Holly Y Lee, Christina Valiaveettil, Barbara Haas
BACKGROUND: Proactive geriatric trauma consultation service (GTCS) models have been associated with better delivery of geriatric care and functional outcomes. Whether such collaborative models can be improved and sustained remains uncertain. We describe the sustainability and process improvements of an inpatient GTCS. METHODS: We assessed workflow using interviews and surveys to identify opportunities to optimize the referral process for the GTCS. Sustainability of the service was assessed via a prospective case series (July 2012-December 2013)...
October 1, 2016: Canadian Journal of Surgery. Journal Canadien de Chirurgie
Antonia Rizzuto, Raffaele Serra, Chiara Mignogna, Ilaria Palaia, Franz Ulrich Zittel, Rosario Sacco
BACKGROUND: Laparoscopy is a surgical approach recommended for the treatment of gall bladder disease. It is recommended also in geriatric patients. Recently Single Incision Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy (SILC) has been proposed to minimize surgical trauma, recovery and hospitalization time. However, the results and advantages of SILC in the geriatric population have received minimal attention. This case series review is focused on the results of SILC in the geriatric population. METHODS: The records of 355 patients who had undergone SILC were reviewed...
September 20, 2016: International Journal of Surgery
Kathleen O'Connell, Ronald Maier
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The benefits of palliative care for critically ill patients are well recognized, yet acceptance into surgical culture is lagging. With the increasing proportion of geriatric trauma patients, integration of palliative medicine within daily intensive care services to facilitate goal-concordant care is imperative. RECENT FINDINGS: Misconceptions of palliative medicine as it applies to trauma patients linger among trauma surgeons and many continue to practice without routine consultation of a palliative care service...
September 21, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
Amihai Rottenstreich, Geffen Kleinstern, Allan I Bloom, Alexander Klimov, Yosef Kalish
AIM: The utilization of inferior vena cava filter placement for pulmonary embolism prevention in elderly patients has not been well characterized. The present study aimed to review indications, complications and follow-up data of elderly patients undergoing inferior vena cava filter placement. METHODS: A retrospective review was carried out of consecutive admitted patients who underwent inferior vena cava filter insertion at a large university hospital with a level I trauma center...
September 20, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
Olindi Wijesekera, Amanda Reed, Parker S Chastain, Shauna Biggs, Elizabeth G Clark, Tamorish Kole, Anoop T Chakrapani, Nandy Ashish, Prasad Rajhans, Alan H Breaud, Gabrielle A Jacquet
: Introduction Without a universal Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system in India, data on the epidemiology of patients who utilize EMS are limited. This retrospective chart review aimed to quantify and describe the burden of disease and patient demographics of patients who arrived by EMS to four Indian emergency departments (EDs) in order to inform a national EMS curriculum. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was performed on patients transported by EMS over a three-month period in 2014 to four private EDs in India...
September 19, 2016: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
Bellal Joseph, Herb Phelan, Ahmed Hassan, Tahereh Orouji Jokar, Terence O'Keeffe, Asad Azim, Lynn Gries, Narong Kulvatunyou, Rifat Latifi, Peter Rhee
INTRODUCTION: Failure-to-rescue (FTR) (defined as death from a major complication) is considered as an index of hospital quality in trauma patients. However, the role of frailty in FTR events remains unclear. We hypothesized that FTR rate is higher in elderly frail trauma patients. METHODS: We performed a prospective cohort study of all elderly (age ≥ 65 yrs.) trauma patients presenting at our level one trauma center. Patient's frailty status was calculated utilizing the Trauma Specific Frailty Index (TSFI) within 24 hours of admission...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
C Stadler, M Gosch, T Roth, C Neuerburg, C Kammerlander
BACKGROUND: The treatment of geriatric patients in the field of trauma surgery is increasingly gaining importance. To provide optimized treatment to these mostly multimorbid patients, interdisciplinary treatment concepts between trauma surgeons and geriatricians have been designed and implemented successfully. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this survey was to evaluate the current state of interdisciplinary management in the treatment of geriatric patients on trauma surgery wards throughout Austria...
August 30, 2016: Der Unfallchirurg
M Thaeter, M Knobe, M Vande Kerckhove, F Böhle, J Herold, E Verhaven, H-C Pape
PURPOSE: Interleukin-6 is a mainly proinflammatory interleukin and an indicator for the magnitude of surgery. The IL-6 serum concentration correlates with injury severity, the extent of tissue trauma and has negative impact on prognosis. To date it is unclear whether the immunologic changes assessed are age dependent. The aim of this study is to compare the surgical inflammatory response in different age groups. METHODS: Data were collected at a level-1 university trauma center in a prospective, consecutive cohort study...
October 2016: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Joseph A Molnar, Lucian G Vlad, Tuna Gumus
There is increasing awareness that chronic wound healing is very dependent on the patient's nutritional status, but there are no clearly established and accepted assessment protocols or interventions in clinical practice. Much of the data used as guidelines for chronic wound patients are extrapolated from acutely wounded trauma patients, but the 2 groups are very different patient populations. While most trauma patients are young, healthy, and well-nourished before injury, the chronic wound patient is usually old, with comorbidities and frequently malnourished...
September 2016: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Daniel Urias, Jennifer Silvis, Lusine Mesropyan, Emma Oberlander, Thomas Simunich, James Tretter
BACKGROUND: Trauma patients are at increased risk for developing venous thromboembolic (VTE) disease. The EAST (Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma) practice management guidelines identified risk factors for VTE, as well as indications for prophylactic inferior vena cava filters (IVCF). In a 2009 study, our institution found a 26% retrieval rate for IVCF. Lack of retrieval was most consistently due to lack of follow-up. Our study is a follow-up analysis for retrieval rate of IVCF, since the formation of a geriatric trauma service...
July 15, 2016: Injury
M Gosch, Y Hoffmann-Weltin, T Roth, M Blauth, J A Nicholas, C Kammerlander
BACKGROUND: Fragility fractures are a major health care problem worldwide. Both hip and non-hip fractures are associated with excess mortality in the years following the fracture. Residents of long-term nursing homes represent a special high-risk group for poor outcomes. Orthogeriatric co-management models of care have shown in multiple studies to have medical as well as economic advantages, but their impact on this high-risk group has not been well studied. OBJECTIVE: We studied the outcome of long-term care residents with hip and non-hip fractures admitted to a geriatric fracture center...
October 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
A C Dodd, C Bulka, A Jahangir, H R Mir, W T Obremskey, M K Sethi
INTRODUCTION: With the cost of healthcare in the United States reaching $2.9 trillion in 2013 and expected to increase with a growing geriatric population, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) began publicly reporting 30-day mortality rates so that hospitals and physicians may begin to confront clinical problems and promote high-quality and patient-centered care. Though the 30-day mortality is considered a highly effective tool in measuring hospital performance, little data actually exists that explores the rate and risk factors for trauma-related hip and pelvis fractures...
October 2016: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
Sharon L Smith, Michelle A Price, Timothy C Fabian, Gregory J Jurkovich, Basil A Pruitt, Ronald M Stewart, Donald H Jenkins
Despite being the leading cause of death in the United States for individuals 46 years and younger and the primary cause of death among military service members, trauma care research has been underfunded for the last 50 years. Sustained federal funding for a coordinated national trauma clinical research program is required to advance the science of caring for the injured. The Department of Defense is committed to funding studies with military relevance; therefore, it cannot fund pediatric or geriatric trauma clinical trials...
September 2016: Shock
Casper Reske-Nielsen, Ron Medzon
Within the next 15 years, 1 in 5 Americans will be over age 65. $34 billion will be spent yearly on trauma care of this age group. This section covers situations in trauma unique to the geriatric population, who are often under-triaged and have significant injuries underestimated. Topics covered include age-related pathophysiological changes, underlying existing medical conditions and certain daily medications that increase the risk of serious injury in elderly trauma patients. Diagnostic evaluation of this group requires liberal testing, imaging, and a multidisciplinary team approach...
August 2016: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
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