November 1, 2010

Predicting frailty risk in older patients

By: OR Manager

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 well after surgery even though they appear feeble preoperatively others who seem healthier emerge from surgery diminished. Frailty defined as…

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