Title

Impact of preinjury warfarin use in elderly trauma patients.

Publication/Presentation Date

3-1-2000

Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study examined the hypothesis that elderly trauma patients on warfarin before injury will have increased morbidity and mortality compared with elderly trauma patients not on warfarin.

METHODS: From 1993 to 1995, trauma patients were grouped by age and presence or absence of warfarin use before injury. Groups were analyzed with respect to Injury Severity Score, Trauma Registry and Injury Severity Score, Glasgow Coma Scale score, Intensive Care Unit days, hospital days, units of blood transfused, and mortality rates. Statistical analysis was completed by using the Student's t test.

RESULTS: Records of 61 patients administered warfarin and 800 patients not administered warfarin were available for analysis. There were no statistically significant differences between patients on prehospital warfarin and those not on prehospital warfarin.

CONCLUSION: This study indicates that elderly trauma patients on warfarin before injury do not have increased morbidity and mortality compared with elderly trauma patients not on warfarin.

Volume

48

Issue

3

First Page

451

Last Page

453

ISSN

0022-5282

Comments

Poster presentation at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, September 24–27, 1997, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

Disciplines

Trauma

PubMedID

10744282

Department(s)

Administration and Leadership, Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine Faculty, Department of Population Health, Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty

Document Type

Article

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