No Ordinary People: Trauma in the Older Patient 

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