“Frailty Pathway” Leads to Safer, Standardized Geriatric Trauma Care

“Frailty Pathway” Leads to Safer, Standardized Geriatric Trauma Care
Center for Surgery and Public Health

Older patients face a unique set of health challenges – including chronic fatigue, low muscle mass, cognitive impairment, bone fractures and reduced mobility – that can raise their risk of illness or injury during hospitalization.

Launched in 2016, the BWH Frailty Identification and Care Pathway is a multidisciplinary program addressing these challenges by providing clinicians with standardized guidelines for identifying and accommodating frailty – a complex, often age-related syndrome characterized by physical decline and increased vulnerability to stressors.

“Frailty and cognitive impairment are often key contributing factors in falls and accidents that lead to fractures and other injuries among older patients presenting in our Emergency Department,” said Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS, of the Division of Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical Care. “We believe that focusing on these underlying conditions is essential to optimizing the care and outcomes of these patients.”

Read more at the BWH Bulletin.