1. Which of the following statements are FALSE regarding the older persons airway in trauma?
2. A 78 year old male was brought into your department found down after an unwitnessed fall. He has a GCS of 5 (not opening his eyes, non-verbal, with decorticate posturing to pain). You decide to intubate him to protect his airway for transport to the CT scanner, and you decide that to provide your best first chance at successful intubation you will perform Rapid Sequence Intubation. How will you change your drugs/doses in this scenario? Select all that apply
3. An 82 year old woman presents with shoulder pain after a fall in her home. It is her fifth fall this month. As well as assessment for injuries, what interventions are reasonable in the ED? Choose all that apply.
4. A 75 year old woman presents to the ED after a fall 30 minutes ago complaining of neck pain and bilateral upper extremity parasthesias. She slipped forward on a wet floor falling and striking her head on the ground. On physical examination, you note subjective parasthesias in both upper extremities but no motor deficit. Cervical spine radiographs and cervical spine CT are both unremarkable for evidence of acute injury. What is the next most appropriate step in the care of this patient?
5. A 75-year-old man presents to the emergency department 2 hours after a fall on an icy sidewalk. He is complaining of left hip and left knee pain, and notes difficulty bearing weight since the injury. On physical examination, there is moderate tenderness to palpation over the left hip. You note no deformity and no neurovascular deficits. What is the next most appropriate course of action?