Characteristics and outcomes of injured older adults after hospital admission

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Title Characteristics and outcomes of injured older adults after hospital admission
Author Aitken, Leanne Maree; Burmeister, Elizabeth; Lang, Jacelle; Chaboyer, Wendy; Richmond, Therese S.
Journal Name Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Editor Thomas T. Yoshikawa
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To describe the seriously injured adult population aged 65 and older; compare the differences in injury characteristics and outcomes in three subgroups aged 65 to 74, 75 to 84, and 85 and older; and identify predictors of death, complications, and hospital discharge destination. DESIGN: Retrospective secondary analysis of data from the Queensland Trauma Registry (QTR) using all patients aged 65 and older admitted from 2003 through 2006. SETTING: Data from 15 regional and tertiary hospitals throughout Queensland, Australia. PARTICIPANTS: Six thousand sixty-nine patients: 2,291 (37.7%) aged 65 to 74, 2,265 (37.3%) aged 75 to 84, and 1,513 (24.9%) aged 85 and older. MEASUREMENTS: Outcome variables includedmortality, complications, and discharge destination (usual residence, rehabilitation, nursing home, convalescence). Predictive factors incorporated demographic details, injury characteristics, and acute care factors. RESULTS: Hospital survival was 95.0%, with a median length of hospital stay of 8 days (interquartile range 5–15), and 33.8% of cases with a major injury developed a complication. Predictors of death included older age, male sex, admission to the intensive care unit (ICU), greater Injury Severity Score (ISS), injury caused by a fall, and two or more injuries; those who had surgery were less likely to die. Predictors of complications included ICU admission, older age, longer hospital stay, and two or more injuries. Predictors of discharge to a nursing home included older age, greater ISS, longer hospital stay, and injury caused by a fall, among others. CONCLUSION: Older adults with severe injuries are at risk of poor outcomes. These findings suggest opportunities for improving geriatric trauma care that could lead to better outcomes.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 the American Geriatrics Society. Published by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at
Volume 58
Issue Number 3
Page from 442
Page to 449
ISSN 1532-5415
Date Accessioned 2010-07-08
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Health Practice Innovation; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care); Clinical Sciences
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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