The Role of Palliative Care in the Elderly Surgical ICU Patient
Purpose of Review Management of geriatric trauma patients is a multidisciplinary effort. The purpose of this paper is to review
recent literature and further elucidate the role of palliative care in the geriatric trauma patient population.
Recent Findings Recognition of the resources provided by palliative care continues to increase. Adoption of early consultations
may improve both patient and family experiences especially in end-of-life situations.
Summary Early identification of at risk patients allows for proper utilization of consultative resources. Palliative care has several
defined roles in the elderly trauma population which include end-of-life decision-making, spiritual support, family support, and
symptom management. Integration of palliative care into the multidisciplinary team caring for geriatric trauma patients should be
Published In/Presented At
Stirparo, J. & Barraco, R.D. Curr Geri Rep (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s13670-019-00286-6
Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty, Administration and Leadership