Preventing Postoperative Complications in the Elderly

Frederick E. Sieber, Sheila Ryan Barnett

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Postoperative complications are directly related to poor surgical outcomes in the elderly. This review outlines evidence based quality initiatives focused on decreasing neurologic, cardiac, and pulmonary complications in the elderly surgical patient. Important anesthesia quality initiatives for prevention of delirium, the most common neurologic complication in elderly surgical patients, are outlined. There are few age-specific quality measures aimed at prevention of cardiac and pulmonary complications. However, some recommendations for adults can be applied to the geriatric surgical population. In the future, process measures may provide a more global assessment of quality in the elderly surgical population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-97
Number of pages15
JournalAnesthesiology clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Aged
  • Delirium
  • Geriatric
  • Postoperative complications
  • Quality assurance
  • Surgery
  • Surgical procedures/Adverse effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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