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  • GeriTraC


    In collaboration with the American College of Surgeons, and with support from the American Geriatrics Society, the Geriatric Trauma Coalition was started by the AAST Geriatric Trauma Committee in 2015 to bring together stakeholder organizations around improving care for older injured patients. With support from the AGS Geriatrics for Specialists initiative, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Coalition is actively working on developing best practice guidelines for hospital care in older injured adults. Under the leadership of Principal Investigator Zara Cooper, co-Investigator Robert Barraco, and project manager Brittany Smalls, the Coalition will review literature across all disciplines of patient care focusing on 1) initial hospital assessment, 2) resuscitation of the elder trauma patient, 3) inpatient management and intensive care unit care, and 4) transitions of care. GeriTraC will then work to maintain and establish best practice, define optimal resources, identify gaps in available evidence, establish quality metrics, establish criteria for outreach and education, and centralize and disseminate evidence and clinical guidelines through its own website and those of participating organizations.

    Coalition participants (As of February 2016)


    American Geriatrics Society (AGS)

    ACS Committee on Trauma

    ACS Palliative Care Committee

    ACS Trauma Quality Improvement Program (TQIP)

    ACS Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery

    Society of Trauma Nurses (STN)

    American Trauma Society

    American College of Emergency Physicians

    American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    John A. Hartford Foundation, National Center on Gerontological Social Work Excellence

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