Question

In the Ohio Trauma Registry Data Dictionary. Would you include a patient

that received oral or parenteral corticosteroid medications within 60 days prior to injury for a chronic medical condition? Why are or Why not?

Answer & Explanation
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I would include the patient in the Ohio Trauma Registry Data Dictionary.

Step-by-step explanation

Corticosteroid medications are used for a myriad of reasons. It is used for treating allergies, skin problems, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma. But often, side effects occur. Some of these include bruising, muscle weakness, weight gain, skin changes, sleep disturbances, cataracts, and pathologic fractures. Glucocorticoid use can also have psychiatric side effects such as mood disorders, anxiety, delirium, and panic disorder.

 

If a patient came to the trauma center with injury for a chronic medical condition with a history of oral or parenteral corticosteroid medication use in the past 60 days, I would include the patient in the Ohio Trauma Registry Data Dictionary. It is still considered trauma caused by the side effects of the medication for his primary illness.  If left untreated, the patient might suffer further injury and will lead to death.