Trauma in the elderly caused by traffic accident: integrative review

  • Ana Maria Ribeiro dos Santos Federal University of Piauí; Nursing department; Health Sciences Center; Universidade Estadual do Piauí
  • Rosalina Aparecida Partezani Rodrigues University of Sao Paulo; School of Nursing of Ribeirão Preto; Universidade de São Paulo
  • Marina Aleixo Diniz University of Sao Paulo; School of Nursing of Ribeirão Preto; Universidade de São Paulo

Abstract

OBJECTIVE To describe the scientific knowledge produced about trauma in the elderly caused by traffic accidents in healthcare area studies. METHODS Integrative review of studies from 2003 to 2013 searched in LILACS, SciELO, PubMed and CINHAL databases. We used combination of the descriptors injuries, wounds and accidents, in English, Portuguese and Spanish languages. RESULTS 32 studies were selected. In the thematic analysis, three categories emerged: epidemiological data from traffic accidents involving elderly; traffic accidents with elderly pedestrians; and trauma care in the elderly. We observed increased incidence of trauma in most countries and pedestrians represented a large part of the victims. Among these, the elderly are the most vulnerable group. CONCLUSION Studies showed that trauma care in the elderly need protocols and professionals with training in gerontology specialized in trauma care services.

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Published
2015-02-01
How to Cite
Santos, A., Rodrigues, R., & Diniz, M. (2015). Trauma in the elderly caused by traffic accident: integrative review . Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 49(1), 162-172. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-623420150000100021
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Critical Review