Elderly After Injury – Part 1 of 2
Elderly After Injury. Seniors who experience an injury are more likely to regain their independence if they consult a geriatric specialist during their hospital stay, researchers report in Dec 2013. The survey included people 65 and older with injuries ranging from a minor rib fracture from a fall to multiple fractures or head trauma suffered as a driver, passenger or pedestrian in a transportation accident. A year after discharge from the hospital, the patients were asked how well they were able to perform daily activities such as walking, bathing, managing finances, light housework and shopping.
Those who had a consultation with a geriatrician during their polyclinic stay were able to return to about two-thirds more daily activities than those who did not, according to the study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Surgery. “Trauma surgeons have long struggled with the fragility of their older trauma patients who have much greater robustness risks for the same injuries experienced by younger patients,” senior study author Dr Lillian Min, an assistant professor in the division of geriatric prescription at the University of Michigan Medical School, said in a university news release.