Title

The Role of Palliative Care in the Elderly Surgical ICU Patient

Publication/Presentation Date

6-13-2019

Abstract

Abstract

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

undertaken.

Disciplines

Surgery

Department(s)

Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty, Administration and Leadership

Document Type

Article

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