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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Tillou A, Hiatt JR. When I’m 64 (Slices)—Prognostication in Geriatric Trauma. JAMA Surg. Published online May 08, 2019154(8):723–724. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2019.1011
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