Blunt chest trauma in the elderly.

  title={Blunt chest trauma in the elderly.},
  author={Robert M. Shorr and Aurelio Rodriguez and Matthew Indeck and Michael D. Crittenden and S L Hartunian and R. Adams Cowley},
  journal={The Journal of trauma},
  volume={29 2},
Significant differences were identified between a group of elderly patients (65 years and older) and a nonelderly group both with blunt thoracic trauma. There was a lower incidence of elderly patients presenting in shock; however, cardiopulmonary arrest at arrival was more frequent in this group. Although the types of complications were similar in both populations, the morbidity and mortality rates were higher in the elderly. A high index of suspicion must be generated for an elderly patient… CONTINUE READING