Emergency Orthogeriatrics: Concepts and Therapeutic Alternatives

Christopher R. Carpenter, Michael E. Stern

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)927-949
Number of pages23
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2010


  • Care models
  • Orthogeriatric care
  • Osteoporosis
  • Therapeutic alternatives


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