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Authors

  1. Bourg, Pamela MS, RN, FAEN
  2. Richey, Melissa MS, RN
  3. Salottolo, Kristin MPH
  4. Mains, Charles W. MD, FACS

Abstract

Inconsistent application of trauma service resources and underevaluation of risk and resuscitation status in elderly trauma patients are problematic. We describe a geriatric protocol that includes initial lactate determination and trauma surgery admission. Protocol compliance rates were initial lactate determination, 67.9%; trauma service admission for overt or compensated (elevated lactate) shock, 73.6%; and trauma service consultation for nonshock patients, 67.8%. Implementation of this protocol resulted in a trend toward reduced mortality and reduced potentially preventable deaths.