This article reporting the view of an early career physician focuses on the diverse components of orthogeriatric co-management in a clinical setting. Geriatric trauma patients require a multimodal and interdisciplinary management, which includes individual and age-specific aspects, such as intensified physiotherapy, trauma surgery and geriatric expertise as well as social support. In Germany this surgical and geriatric co-treatment is provided by the program geriatric traumatology (Alterstraumatologie), which is implemented and certified at special institutions called geriatric trauma centers (Alters-Trauma-Zentrum). This special care is accomplished by an orthogeriatric co-management, which combines the efforts of both modern state of the art trauma surgery and geriatric medicine, preferable by using the procedure of the so-called geriatric early rehabilitative complex treatment (geriatrische frührehabilitative Komplexbehandlung) according to the diagnosis-related group (DRG) procedure OPS 8550. This is administered in 3 periods: the preoperative period, perioperative period and postoperative period and if indicated followed and completed by a geriatric rehabilitation. According to recent studies this approach has proved to be beneficial especially with respect to a reduction of posttraumatic morbidity rates and avoiding loss of function.
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