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Invited Commentary
May 8, 2019

When I’m 64 (Slices)—Prognostication in Geriatric Trauma

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  • 1Department of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles
JAMA Surg. 2019;154(8):723-724. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.1011

Compared with younger patients who have sustained trauma, the geriatric population experiencing trauma has worse outcomes and disproportionately high health care utilization and costs.1 Functional decline of elderly patients is anticipated after major operations and traumatic injury and can be irreversible.

While frailty scores are often used to screen geriatric patients with trauma who are at risk, many functional and frailty assessments are time consuming and based on information collected from patients or their families.2 Better measures to identify high-risk patients and targeted interventions to improve outcomes are of potentially great value.3

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