UMEM Educational Pearls

When you are working up an elderly patient for trauma  look for patterns such as circumferential bruising on the wrists that have the pattern of fingers the same way you would look at the injuries of a child. Remember that the person who is sitting next to them is frequently the person that is abusing them. Therefore, it is important to interview the patient alone. 


Lachs MS, Pillemer KA. Elder Abuse. N Engl J Med 2015; 373:1947-1956