Resuscitating the Critically Ill Geriatric Emergency Department Patient.
Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2019 Aug;37(3):569-581
Authors: Khoujah D, Martinelli AN, Winters ME
The emergency department resuscitation of the critically ill geriatric patient is challenging and can be fraught with peril. The anatomic and physiologic changes that occur with aging can significantly influence the recognition of critical illness and the logistics of resuscitation itself. This article discusses the relevant physiologic changes with aging, the effect of these changes on clinical manifestations of critical illness in older adults, and the core principles of resuscitation in this population, with specific attention to sepsis and trauma care. In addition, end-of-life care is also discussed.
PMID: 31262422 [PubMed - in process]