Anaesthesia for the elderly
Abstract“Elderly patients undergoing surgery are at greater risk of a decline in physical and/or mental function, which may not ave resolved by the time of discharge.” The outcome of surgery in elderly patients is directly related to the care they receive during the entire perioperative process. Anaesthesia makes up only one component of this but is directly associated with the mortality and morbidity seen in this population group. As the average population age increases and the number of elderly requiring surgery follows suit, the need to understand the challenges in anaesthetising elderly patients becomes more important.
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