Emergency orthogeriatrics: concepts and therapeutic alternatives

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2010 Nov;28(4):927-49. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2010.06.005.


Multidisciplinary orthogeriatric care can enhance prompt ED diagnosis, optimal pre- and postoperative care, and functional recovery in older adults with bony injuries. Emergency care providers should be cognizant of prevalent geriatric syndromes including delirium and standing level falls to minimize fracture-related morbidity. Recognizing the implications of aging physiology, acute care physicians should be aware of effective alternatives to analgesia, procedural sedation, and definitive imaging to promote early surgical management and postoperative recovery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Emergency Service, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Geriatrics / methods*
  • Humans
  • Orthopedic Procedures / methods*
  • United States
  • Wounds and Injuries* / diagnosis
  • Wounds and Injuries* / etiology
  • Wounds and Injuries* / therapy