Geriatrics

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March 2018

Risk assessment helps prevent falls in ACS patients

Anyone undergoing surgery is at heightened risk of falling, especially during recovery from sedation, and for the most vulnerable patients, a fall can be disabling or even deadly. Falls are among the adverse events monitored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and state surveyors. The science of assessing…

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By: OR Manager
June 1, 2013
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Predicting frailty risk in older patients

About half of all surgery in the US is performed on patients over 65. These older patients have been found to be at increased risk for post-operative complications. Complications often lead to disability loss of independence, poorer quality of life, high costs, and mortality. Though many patients over 65 do…

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By: OR Manager
November 1, 2010
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High complication rate in older adults calls for well-planned care

Though morbidity and mortality differences based on age might be expected, the degree of difference is staggering. Perioperative morbidity in older patients can be as high as twice that of younger patients, and mortality can be 3 to 7 times higher, finds a study in the Archives of Surgery. Another…

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By: Cynthia Saver, RN, MS
June 1, 2010
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Surgery center geared to older adults

Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, was known locally as an excellent "baby" hospital at a time when the community population was aging. Deciding to broaden its scope to better serve the community, leaders at Holy Cross decided to expand the hospital's expertise in gerontology, opening its Seniors Emergency…

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By: Cynthia Saver, RN, MS
June 1, 2010
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