Assessment: Geriatrics

 

Trauma:

 

  • In general, elderly patients tolerate traumatic injury much less than the general population. In some cases the mechanism of injury does not accurately portray the potential for morbidity or mortality. Field crews will need to have a higher index of suspicion and perform a more thorough assessment on these patients. A more thorough assessment means visualization and palpation for injuries that may be missed without closer scrutiny.

 

Medical:

 

  • Elderly patients commonly present with atypical symptoms when suffering from cardiac related issues. Common symptoms include syncope, back pain, nausea, shortness of breath, and abdominal pain. A 12-lead will be performed on all patients over the age of 50 with a complaint of pain or discomfort above the naval, non-traumatic back pain, shortness of breath, and/or syncope.