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Newgard CD, Platts-Mills TF
Can an out-of-hospital medication history save lives for injured older adults?
In this issue of Annals, Nishijima et al present a much-needed study evaluating the use of anticoagulation and antiplatelet medications as an additional triage criterion to aid in the identification of older adults with intracranial hemorrhage. The authors believe that the new study helps fill a critical void in suggesting that a targeted medication history, formally integrated as a field triage criterion, may be useful in identifying high-risk older adults.
Citation: Newgard CD, Platts-Mills TF . Can an out-of-hospital medication history save lives for injured older adults? Ann Emerg Med 2017 Aug;70(2):139-41. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2017.02.005.
Keywords: Blood Thinners, Elderly, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Injuries and Wounds, Medication