Perioperative management of special populations: the geriatric patient.

  title={Perioperative management of special populations: the geriatric patient.},
  author={David B Loran and Brannon R Hyde and Joseph B. Zwischenberger},
  journal={The Surgical clinics of North America},
  volume={85 6},
  pages={1259-66, xi}
Americans over age 65 represent the fastest growing segment of the United States population. As a result, the demographic landscape of America is changing. Knowledge of aged physiology is necessary to construct a risk-benefit analysis tailored for each patient to improve perioperative outcomes and lower the morbidity and mortality rates among the elderly. Benefit estimates should account for a patient's life expectancy and quality of life before and after surgery. With aging, baseline functions… CONTINUE READING

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