Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
LIMA, Maria Luiza Carvalho de; SOUZA, Edinilsa Ramos de; ACIOLI, Raquel Moura Lins and BEZERRA, Eduardo Duque. Analysis of hospital clinical services to elderly victims of accidents and violence. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.6, pp. 2687-2697. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000600007.
The increase of elderly population and more active life allow a greater exposure to accidents and violence in this population. A diagnostic analysis of hospital services for emergency and urgent care to victims of accidents and violence in the elderly population was carried out in five capitals of Brazil. The research was based on the principles of triangulation of methods, including quantitative approaches, through the application of questionnaires to managers and pre-hospital, hospital and rehabilitation service professionals, as well as qualitative, in which interviews were made with managers and professionals and with those in charge of elderly health. Based on the guidelines of the policies studied, it was realized that none of the capitals has met all requirements, with a poor attendance characterized by lack of structure to keep a companion for the elderly, referrals to reference services, specific clinical protocols, reporting sheets, support to the elderly, job training and definition of the flow for this population. The outcome showed that the selected health services do not have the appropriate and integral profile to look after the elderly population, demonstrating the need for adequacy of these services aiming the accomplishment of the guidelines of the policies reviewed.
Keywords : Aged; Violence; Accidents; Health services; Health police.