Geriatrics | Special Considerations

Other Special Considerations:

Toxicology: average 4-5 prescriptions routinely> drug interactions>non-compliance>side effects
Substance Abuse: stress, depression, confusion, falls
Environmental Emergencies: sensitive to changes in temperature
Trauma: osteoporosis makes it easy to fracture long bones, pelvis and hip
Cardiac: function and output are already reduced. Shock and blood loss can have a profound effect on perfusion
Head injuries: the brain shrinks, leaving more room to bounce around
Burns: significant cause of mortality. They don’t heal as fast, infections abound and stress can cause AMI

Immobilization on a long board may be impossible or traumatic. Watch their backs and necks.

Neglect/Geriatric abuse: frequent calls to EMS, multiple injuries in different stages of healing, lack of food, clothing, shelter, lack of proper medications, hygiene.

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