The population older than age 65 is growing rapidly. This change in the demographics of our nation is impacting critical care in many ways. Most researchers have found that trauma patients older than 65 have a higher mortality rate, longer hospital stays, more complications, common mechanism of injuries, and poorer outcomes than their younger counterparts. These facts must be taken into consideration when planning care for the elderly trauma patient population. This paper will review the research literature on elderly trauma victims and the impact these patients are having on critical care practice
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Critical Care of the Elderly| February 01 1992
Trauma and the Elderly: The Impact on Critical Care
Carol A. Rauen, RN, MS, CCRN
From the General Surgery/Shock Trauma/Perioperative Nursing Division, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1992) 3 (1): 149–154.
Carol A. Rauen; Trauma and the Elderly: The Impact on Critical Care. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 1992; 3 (1): 149–154. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1992-1018
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