Geriatric Critical Care Transport They are not just old kids

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Geriatric Critical Care Transport They are not just old kids

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Geriatric Critical Care Transport They are not just old kids
Charles W (Chuck) Sheppard Medical Director Mercy Life Line Medical Director Mercy Kids Transport [email protected]

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Goals for today
• Safely transport/treat us old guys/gals • Understand the physiologic changes of aging that make #1 difficult • Avoid the pitfalls we will throw in your pathway • Be able to take good care of us without necessarily using all the high tech
“fun” stuff
• Deal with more “ethical” issues

Why are we talking about this????
• Older patients make up 12% of the population and rapidly growing • They account for way more of the “sick” patients and that is growing • United States, approximately 42% to 52% of ICU admissions are geriatric
• largest increases in trauma deaths were in patients in their 5th and 6th decades
of life
• Why? Because medicine has gotten very good at “fixing” acute killers • Degenerative/chronic diseases are getting more common • So we are transporting lots more “acute exacerbation of>>>>” • Even when it is a “trauma” case is affected by the chronic underlying conditions

• Riding into the golden years: injury patterns and outcomes of advanced-age
motorcycle trauma Muratore Am J Surg 2016

So Why are the “age enhanced” difficult??
• No 1 of course • “The good die young” • Changes in physiology • Co Morbidities increase • Medications they are on

• Has actually 2 aspects
• Chronologic • Physiologic
• Both of these affect both:
• Presentation of and • Response to treatment of Everything
• Finally the elderly are more prone to complications of both trauma, illness
and treatment

Effects of Aging
• “immunosenescence” waning of the ability to prevent infections
and response to those infections.
• The ageing immune system is characterised by a decline in stem cells,
alterations in T lymphocyte production, blunting of the B-cell led antibody response and reduced phagocytic activity of neutrophils, macrophages and natural killer cells
• Prevention: • Skin becomes “fragile” portal of entry • Immune cells are old and less responsive

• Aging decreases the tachycardic response • Blood pressure response is blunted as well • heart becomes less responsive to sympathomimetics • Increasing diastolic failure • More dependence on atrial “kick” • Blood vessels become “stiff” so more dependent on BP
for flow
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