New clinical pathway reduces rate of debilitating complications for frail elderly trauma patients

New clinical pathway reduces rate of debilitating complications for frail elderly trauma patients
Center for Surgery and Public Health

In a recent study, standardized interdisciplinary clinical pathways were shown to reduce rates of delirium and 30-day hospital readmission for elder trauma patients identified as frail.

“It’s just not feasible to have a geriatrician available for consultation all the time. We needed to become better equipped to provide dedicated geriatric-focused care on our own. So we put some processes in place to screen elderly trauma patients for frailty and stratify and direct our resources to provide the best possible care for them,” said Zara Cooper, MD, FACS, an associate professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School, and corresponding author of the study.

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