Anemia at Discharge in Elderly Trauma Patients Is Not Associated with Six-Month Mortality.

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Summer 7-1-2019


Few studies have evaluated outcomes in geriatric trauma patients discharged with anemia. Our hypothesis was that anemia at discharge was not associated with six-month mortality. A 22-month retrospective study of trauma patients ≥ 65 years was conducted from 2015 to 2016. The end point was six-month mortality. The degree of anemia at admission (admission hemoglobin [AHb]) and discharge (discharge hemoglobin [DHb]) was categorized as follows based on hemoglobin (Hb) (g/dL): I (>10), II (>9 and ≤10), III (>8 and ≤9), and IV (≤8). Univariate analysis and multivariate analysis were performed to determine the association of AHb and DHb with the end point. Nine hundred forty-nine patients were analyzed (median age, 82 years). Six-month mortality was 11 per cent. Mortality was associated with AHb by univariate analysis (I: 10% [84/831]; II: 13% [9/67]; III: 22% [7/32]; and IV: 26% [5/19]) (

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The American surgeon

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