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Ohio’s Trauma Rules Changed for Elderly

JEMS.com Editor’s Note: In her article“Grandma is Speeding to the Chippendale Club Again: Considerations in the Management of Geriatric Trauma,” JEMS.com columnist Carol Cunningham, MD, FACEP, writes about the patient care elements surrounding the issue. Click here to read “Grandma is Speeding to the Chippendale Club Again: Considerations in the Management of Geriatric Trauma.” For more trauma topics, check out Will Chapleau’s Trauma Talk column.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When it comes to deciding where critically injured patients are sent for emergency treatment, paramedics divide people into two groups: pediatric patients and everyone else.

But yesterday, the Ohio Emergency Medical Services board created a third category when it approved trauma triage criteria for geriatric patients.

Now, paramedics will look for injuries specific to patients age 70 or older. Pediatric patients are from birth to 16 years old. Adults are now 17 to 69.

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