- •Older trauma patients experience high mortality.
- •Older trauma survivors have good health at 6 months.
- •Need for assistance with ambulation associated with higher mortality.
Prior studies have shown an increase in mortality in elderly patients when compared to their younger cohort.
Level 1 trauma patients ≥50 years old were recruited upon admission to the ICU and prospectively followed. After an initial survey, inpatient data were collected and phone surveys were completed at 3 and 6 months.
100 patients were included. There was an 18% inpatient mortality. At 6 months, the mortality rate was 24%; 73% of surviving patients reported good health. 6-month nonsurvivors had a higher percentage requiring preinjury assistance with ambulation.
Severe trauma in patients ≥50 years of age carries a significant rate of mortality however survivors have good outcomes. Need for assistance with ambulation prior to injury is associated with 6 month mortality and could be used as a screening tool for interventions.
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Published online: September 07, 2021
Accepted: August 30, 2021
Received in revised form: August 16, 2021
Received: May 1, 2021
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