Silver Trauma Unit
The Silver Trauma Unit at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center specializes in the care of hospitalized older
adult trauma patients, and it is the first of its kind in the nation. Our team
of case managers, social workers, physical/occupational/speech therapists, volunteers,
chaplains, and patient liaisons are focused on family-centered care with an
emphasis on the patient and family’s involvement with the plan of care.
Designed to be a quiet, healing
environment, the Silver Trauma Unit is focused on fall prevention, delirium
prevention, and early mobilization post-operatively and post-injury.
Because complications in the
elderly present themselves differently than in someone younger, the unit is key
to patient care. The nursing staff has to been keen on assessing subtle
changes in the patient’s condition, and specially trained to pick up on these
Many of our nurses are trained
through the Geriatric Resource Nurse (GRN) Program, in affiliation with the
UTHealth Medical School. This model provides nurses with the skills and
support necessary to deliver quality geriatric care. Geriatric-specific
resources (continuing education, equipment, and specialty services),
interdisciplinary collaboration, and nurse involvement in patient centered
treatment-related decision making are the foundation of the GRN training.