Optimal Perioperative Management of the Geriatric Patient

Product Type : Guidelines, Recommendations & Position Statements
Language : English
Publisher :American Geriatrics Society
Year of publication : 2015



These recommendations published by The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) incorporate data obtained from a literature review of the most recent studies available at the time. As with all clinical reference resources, they reflect the best understanding of the science of medicine at the time of publication, but they should be used with the clear understanding that continued research may result in new knowledge and recommendations. These Recommendations are intended for general information only, are not medical advice, and do not replace professional medical care and physician advice, which always should be sought for any specific condition.


The older adult population (>65 years) is growing at a rapid rate, and a significant percentage of older adults undergo surgical procedures. This population has a unique set of needs owing to the effects of aging, some of which make them particularly prone to postoperative complications and a prolonged recovery. The purpose of this document is to review the literature, consolidate current guidelines, and provide a set of expert recommendations to help practicing surgeons, anesthesiologists, and allied health care professionals manage older adults during the perioperative period. This guide is not a substitute for clinical judgment and experience.


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