Unmet palliative care needs in elderly trauma patients: can the Palliative Performance Scale help close the gap?

BACKGROUND The elderly injured have significant palliative care (PC) needs due to increased mortality and poor functional outcomes. We hypothesized the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) could be predictive of poor outcomes in elderly trauma patients. METHODS Retrospective study of trauma patients 55 years or older admitted to the surgical intensive care… CONTINUE READING