Orthopaedic trauma and an aging population: a retrospective review of factors influencing outcomes [abstract]
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Orthopaedic trauma outcomes are largely dependent upon mechanism of injury. However, elderly patients often sustain lower energy trauma, but have worse outcomes. Studies have shown that elderly patients are more likely to have longer lengths of stay, spend more time in ICU, and that preexisting medical comorbidities significantly increase mortality. The purpose of this study is to investigate if age is associated with outcomes in trauma patients at the University of Missouri.