G-60 Program for Older Trauma Patients
If you're 60 and older and suffer a traumatic injury, you can sustain more serious injuries than a younger patient with similar trauma. In addition, you often experience more complications from your trauma injuries due to chronic medical conditions.
Designing a distinct medical program that tailors care to older trauma patients has led to better overall patient outcomes. G-60 (fracture Identification and treatment in patients 60-plus) is the older adult trauma services program at HonorHealth's two hospitals with a Level I Trauma Center.
Developed by Alicia Mangram, MD, medical director at John C. Lincoln Medical Center's Trauma and Critical Care Services, the program:
- Provides effective and expedited care for trauma patients 60 and older.
- Establishes a multidisciplinary medical team.
- Provides an accelerated treatment plan and designated inpatient units at HonorHealth's two Level I Trauma Centers, John C. Lincoln Medical Center and Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center. These designated inpatient units improve outcomes for older trauma patients.
Led by a trauma surgeon, the G-60 program:
- Expedites identification and triage of potential G-60 patients in Emergency Departments and Level I Trauma Centers at the two hospitals.
- Immediately activates the G-60 clinical team when an eligible patient is identified.
- Expedites hospital admission of G-60 patients, typically within two hours of arrival at the Emergency Department.
- Assigns the patient to the designated G-60 inpatient units.
- Schedules surgery within 48 hours for older patients with orthopedic injuries to improve outcomes.
Patients in the G-60 program benefit from:
- A multi-disciplinary team of specially trained clinical staff dedicated to caring for older patients. The team includes trauma surgeons, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, hospitalists, physical rehabilitation specialists, a floor nurse supervisor, physical/occupational/ speech therapists, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, pharmacists, social workers and case managers.
- Expedited care that begins at arrival at the Emergency Department.
- Private hospital rooms with special accommodations for older adults, including softer lighting, larger clocks and built-in handles and fixtures to move more safely. For more information about the G-60 program, call Trauma Services at 602-870-6059.