Preoperative evaluation

Susan E. Wozniak, Jo Ann Coleman, Mark R. Katlic

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The “Optimal Preoperative Assessment of the Geriatric Surgical Patient: A Best Practices Guideline” is a comprehensive assessment addressing domains most likely to affect the elderly: functionality, cognition, frailty, nutrition, polypharmacy, and social support. Understanding these domains and their impact on a patient is fundamental to helping optimize surgical outcomes. Although comprehensive “geriatric screening” may not always be a feasible option in some clinical settings, alternatives exist for more limited geriatric preoperative assessments. Performing a limited preoperative assessment can still allow surgeons to optimize and tailor planned procedures to reflect unique patient needs. A preoperative geriatric assessment allows the surgeon to preemptively decide involvement of nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, and other vital members of the postoperative care team. Furthermore, a preoperative geriatric assessment provides all members of the patient’s healthcare team a clear understanding of a patient’s preoperative baseline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGeriatrics for Specialists
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319318318
ISBN (Print)9783319318295
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognition
  • Elderly
  • Frailty
  • Geriatric
  • Preoperative
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)


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