Identifying risk and raising awareness in older person trauma

a trauma center initiative

Sarah Kourouche, Kate Curtis, Wendy L. Watson, Rebecca Mitchell, Tiffany Rankin, Shanley S. Chong

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Abstract

Injury among older persons is well recognized as a growing problem. We reviewed our level-1 trauma center trauma registry finding that the most frequent presentations among people aged older than 65 years were due to falls and motor vehicle crashes. We surveyed participants at two of our older person injury awareness seminars to identify risk factors. Participants at our out-reach programme have several injury risk factors including polypharmacy for which our programme content has been tailored. We discuss this in relation to the older person injury-prevention literature. Because implementing our out-reach seminars, older person trauma presentations to our trauma center have decreased slightly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-170
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Trauma Nursing
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Injury
  • Injury Prevention
  • Out-reach factors
  • Trauma

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