Traumatic brain injuries in older adults—6 years of data for one UK trauma centre

Hawley, C. et al. Emergency Medicine Journal. Published Online: 4 January 2017

Objectives: Our aim was to determine the incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in older adults and investigate the relationship between injury characteristics and outcomes.

 

Conclusions: Patients with TBI represented 45% of all trauma cases meeting TARN inclusion criteria. Falls at home accounted for most TBIs. Most had moderate/severe TBI, yet over half made a good recovery on GOS. Our data indicate that injury prevention initiatives should focus on home safety. Further research is needed to examine rehabilitation and follow-up after hospital discharge.

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