Geriatric Injury Institute
The innovative Geriatric Injury Institute, funded solely by philanthropy, is one of the first in the country to focus on the emerging trend of traumatic injuries and their impact on the elderly.
A collaborative of Bridgeport Hospital care providers are responding to significant increases in geriatric trauma visits to the Emergency Department (ED). The ED served over 12,000 geriatric patients last year, and the surgical trauma service has seen more than a 300% increase in fall related trauma evaluations over the past 10 years.
This trend reflects a growing national epidemic: there are 46 million people over the age of 65 within the United States. One in three is expected to experience a fall event over their lifetime.
A large number of geriatric fall patients lose their independence after a traumatic fall and do not return home.
The Geriatric Injury Institute promotes independence and maximizes the recovery of geriatric trauma patients by creating and researching pathways that will reduce injuries and optimize care. The Institute will serve as a model for other trauma centers locally and nationally in facing the challenges associated with geriatric injury. The goal is to decrease this devastating epidemic through high-quality, cost-effective care, research and community service.