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The Level III trauma protocol was implemented to reduce time to diagnosis and treatment for elderly patients (defined as patients aged > 65 who are taking anticoagulant/antiplatelet agents) presenting in the ED with a potential head injury after a fall. In 2017, approximately 11.4% of the patients triaged by the new Level III trauma protocol had an intracranial bleed, which is a population that had previously been overlooked as they have a low index of suspicion for an intracranial bleed. This study sought to determine if the recent implementation of the Level III trauma protocol in the Troy Beaumont Emergency Department (ED) has led to better health outcomes for this population.
Travers B, Beydoun A, Karabon P, Jones S, Opsommer M, Bastani A, Donaldson D. Assessing geriatric patients in the emergency department using a new trauma protocol. Poster presented at: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine Embark Capstone Colloquium; 2022 May 2; Rochester Hills, MI.
The Embark Capstone Colloquium at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Rochester Hills, MI, May 2, 2022.