The University of Southampton

HLTH6171 Major Trauma in the Older Person

Module Overview

In almost every developed country, the proportion of people over 60 years of age is growing faster than any other age group as a result of longer life expectancy and declining birth rates. As a result, older people are presenting to emergency departments following trauma. In addition, advances in the care of chronic diseases have increased the number of older people with active lifestyles, which predispose them to injury. This module is to develop your ability to study, in detail, the care and holistic management of trauma in older age groups. This module will run 11 June - 15 June 2018. All teaching will take place at Southampton General Hospital.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module will enable you to: 1. Critically review the epidemiology of trauma in the older person with regard to demographics, aging factors, mechanisms of injury and co-morbidity, and how these impact on clinical presentation. 2. Use synthesis of knowledge to explore how the above factors inform strategies and interventions for the prevention of injury in safeguarding older people. 3. Critically consider the anatomical, physiological and pathophysiological differences with regard to aging and how these affect approaches to the care and management of trauma in older people. 4. Critically reflect the evidence base of the socio-economic impact of trauma in older populations, their families and society.


• Epidemiology of trauma in the older person • Socio-economic impact of trauma in the older person • Older people and trauma: the hidden and neglected presentation • Mechanisms of injury • Falls • Anatomical, physiological and pathophysiological considerations in the older person - frailty • What is different about managing injured older people? • How injury patterns alter at different stages of aging • Preventing trauma in older people • Safeguarding the older person and the context of neglect • Stages of the patient pathway • Impact of trauma on families and carers of older people • Palliative care • Rehabilitating injured older people – what do we know?

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The focus of this module will be using methods which will include consideration of practice experiences, filmed practice, simulations and reflections on episodes of care.

Project supervision5
Follow-up work20
Preparation for scheduled sessions100
Wider reading or practice10
Completion of assessment task90
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Novak M (2011). Issues in Aging. 

Key Websites.

Key Websites.

Gender and Road Traffic Injuries.

Key Websites.

Dementia Care UK.

Key Websites.

Online journals.  • The Journal of Trauma • The Journal of Trauma Practice • Trauma Quarterly • Journal of Emergency Medicine, Trauma and Acute Care • The Journal of Literature and Trauma Studies

Kahn J, Magauran Jr. B C and Olshaker J S (2014). Geriatric Emergency Medicine: Principles and Practice. 

Falls Fact Sheet No 344.

Murdoch I, Turpin S, Johnston B, MacLullish A and Losman E (2015). Geriatric Emergencies. 





MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation  (20 minutes) 40%
Prevention Strategy  (2000 words) 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Presentation 40%
Prevention Strategy 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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