June 1, 2010

High complication rate in older adults calls for well-planned care

By: Cynthia Saver, RN, MS

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 surprise was the type of complications (sidebar).

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