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 language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Geriatrics for Specialists|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Number of pages||9|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2016|
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