PI/OUTCOMES MANAGEMENTDelta Alerts Changing Outcomes in Geriatric TraumaWiles, Lynn L. PhD, MSN, RN, CEN; Day, Mark D. BSN, RN, CEN, TCRN; Harris, LeAnna MSN, CCRN, FNPAuthor Information Old Dominion University School of Nursing, Norfolk, Virginia (Dr Wiles); and Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, Virginia Beach (Dr Wiles, Mr Day, and Ms Harris). Correspondence: Lynn L. Wiles, PhD, MSN, RN, CEN, Old Dominion University School of Nursing, 4608 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23529 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Authors' contribution: L.L.W.: overall manuscript coordination, including edits and submission; introduction, evaluation, and conclusion; and revision. M.D.D.: protocol development; also assisted with review of literature in the revision. L.H.: review of literature. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Journal of Trauma Nursing: July/August 2016 - Volume 23 - Issue 4 - p 189-193 doi: 10.1097/JTN.0000000000000215 Buy Metrics Abstract Geriatric trauma patients (GTPs) suffering minor injuries have suboptimal outcomes compared with younger populations. Patients 65 years or older account for 10% of all traumas but 28% of all trauma deaths. This trauma center established a third tier trauma alert specifically targeting GTPs at risk for poor outcomes. A Delta Alert is activated when GTPs suffer injuries that fall outside traditional trauma alert guidelines. Early identification and treatment of injuries and expedited referral to specialty groups have improved our GTPs' outcomes including decreased mortality and length of stay and increased percentage of GTPs who are discharged home. Copyright © 2016 by the Society of Trauma Nurses.