Published On: Tue, Apr 26th, 2016

Venous Lactate as a Predictor of Mortality in Elderly Trauma Patients

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This study showed the venous lactate is a predictor of mortality following trauma, and that standard physiologic variables of systolic blood pressure and heart rate are not independent predictors of mortality in older trauma patients. These findings were demonstrated in a high volume level I trauma center with a large percentage of elderly trauma patients.

Determining initial VL levels may improve the identification of circulatory hemodynamic instability, resuscitative efforts and outcome of geriatric patients, particularly those with unrecognized hypo perfusion.

This article was written by Salottolo et al. with the title “A retrospective analysis of geriatric trauma patients: venous lactate is a better predictor of mortality than traditional vital signs”.

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