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Authors

  1. Wiles, Lynn L. PhD, MSN, RN, CEN
  2. Day, Mark D. BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN
  3. Harris, LeAnna MSN, CCRN, FNP

Abstract

Geriatric trauma patients (GTPs) suffering minor injuries have suboptimal outcomes compared with younger populations. Patients 65 years or older account for 10% of all traumas but 28% of all trauma deaths. This trauma center established a third tier trauma alert specifically targeting GTPs at risk for poor outcomes. A Delta Alert is activated when GTPs suffer injuries that fall outside traditional trauma alert guidelines. Early identification and treatment of injuries and expedited referral to specialty groups have improved our GTPs' outcomes including decreased mortality and length of stay and increased percentage of GTPs who are discharged home.