Frailty and Geriatric Trauma

Frailty in the elderly is now well established as a marker for adverse outcome. This retrospective study implemented an interdisciplinary care pathway for older, frail trauma patients, which included early ambulation, bowel/pain regimens, non-pharmacological delirium prevention, nutrition/physical therapy consults, and geriatrics assessments.

A significant decrease in their delirium and 30-day readmission risk was found.

The study highlights again the importance of non-pharmacological and proactive approaches to delirium and other potential outcome improvements in this vulnerable population.

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