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Pharmacology and the Elderly Trauma Patient
Release and Expiration Dates
Released: 3/12/2021
Expires:    3/11/2027
Last Reviewed Date
3/12/2021, 3/14/2024
Pharmacology and the Elderly Trauma Patient

Pharmacology and the Elderly Trauma Patient is a TCAA course created from a webinar providing information about the effects of polypharmacy on the elderly trauma patient. Trauma is the fifth leading cause of death in the elderly population and accounts for up to 25% of all trauma admissions nationally. The geriatric population usually brings to the trauma bay a mixture of multiple comorbidities, polypharmacy, decreased functional reserve, and increased risk for morbidity and mortality. 

Estimated completion time:
90 minutes
Target Audience: The trauma healthcare team and other clinical departments

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the learner should be better able to:
1. Describe current medications and how they can alter the management of elderly patients with acute traumatic injuries

2. Identify the differences in metabolism pharmacokinetics
3. Discuss multi-modal medication regimens for the elderly patient 

Faculty Presenter: Dr. Jason Young

Faculty Bio:

Dr. Young's interests are in trauma, surgical critical care, acute care surgery, clinical research, and education. His research and education interests are in balanced crystalloid resuscitation, acute care surgery, trauma simulation, simulation debriefing, trauma outreach, and teaching/directing educational courses in advanced surgical skills for exposure in trauma. Dr. Young's current active research projects are looking at trauma simulation debriefing and studying the effects of non-technical skills during trauma simulations pre and post education (video and lecture) sessions. Additionally, he is the lead investigator in a study looking at cost benefit analysis of using MRSA PCR nasal swabs to de-escalate the use of vancomycin at an earlier time period during treatment in our Surgical ICU.

Peer Reviewer
Jacqueline Lee
Shahrzad Talebinejad
Jennifer M Watters
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Availability: On-Demand
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1.5 CE Credits
1.5 COP Credits
1.5 TCAA CME Credits
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