Throughout emergency departments worldwide, there is increasing awareness of the differences in presentations of major trauma in older patients compared to younger patients.
However, a big gap still remains in recognising and triaging the potential of major trauma in older patients.
There are four main reasons for under-recognition and under-triaging of major trauma in this demographic:
1. Mechanism of Injury
2. Differences in Anatomy and Physiology
3. Comorbidities, including frailty
4. Medication Usage
Dr. Martie Botha
Consultant Trauma Service Royal Adelaide Hospital
Consultant Emergency Department Flinders Hospital