Older patients may fare better in trauma centers that treat more of their peers
Researchers examined data from nearly 40,000 older patients and more than 105,000 younger patients treated at trauma centers in Pennsylvania between 2001 and 2010. The study was published online Jan. 22 in the journal JAMA Surgery.
The risk of in-hospital death, death after surgical complications and death after major complications such as respiratory failure, kidney failure and heart attack was lower among older patients who were treated in trauma centers with higher volumes of older patients, according to a journal news release.
"These results should help focus the discussion about how to allocate [older] trauma patients to appropriate receiving centers," said study author Dr. Kazuhide Matsushima, of the University of Southern California.
The researchers noted that previous research has shown a link between higher hospital volume and lower death rates in complex surgical procedures.
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