American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

V42N1: Geriatrics & Palliative Care

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Bell RH, Jr., Drach GW, Rosenthal RA. Proposed competencies in geriatric patient care for use in assessment for initial and continued board certification of surgical specialists. J Am Coll Surg. 2011;213(5):683-690.

This article offers a list of desirable competencies for surgeons who will provide care for older patients.

Bosslet GT, Pope TM, Rubenfeld GD, et al. An Official ATS/AACN/ACCP/ESICM/SCCM Policy Statement: Responding to Requests for Potentially Inappropriate Treatments in Intensive Care Units. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015;191(11):1318-1330.

Bosslet and coauthors provide valuable perspectives on the management of requests for potentially inappropriate treatments in critically ill patients.

Fawole OA, Dy SM, Wilson RF, et al. A systematic review of communication quality improvement interventions for patients with advanced and serious illness. J Gen Intern Med. 2013;28(4):570-577. Free Full Text.

Data continues to emerge supporting the value of high-quality communication as a component of the care of patients with advanced disease. Excellent communication between caregivers and patients/families is a critical component of successful care of this patient group. This article provides guidance for the development of quality improvement interventions to improve communication.

Kelley AS, Morrison RS. Palliative Care for the Seriously Ill. N Engl J Med. 2015;373(8):747-755. Free Full Text.

This article is a clear but detailed review of the important aspects of palliative care.

Kozar RA, Arbabi S, Stein DM, et al. Injury in the aged: Geriatric trauma care at the crossroads. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015;78(6):1197-1209.

This article provides important perspectives on the increasing proportion of elderly patients who sustain injuries. The authors emphasize the need to refine triage criteria to make certain that injured patients who can benefit from care in a trauma center are delivered to the appropriate center.

McGory ML, Kao KK, Shekelle PG, et al. Developing quality indicators for elderly surgical patients. Ann Surg. 2009;250(2):338-347.

McGory and coauthors list pertinent and achievable quality metrics that are applicable to the clinical care of older patients.

Robinson TN, Walston JD, Brummel NE, et al. Frailty for Surgeons: Review of a National Institute on Aging Conference on Frailty for Specialists. J Am Coll Surg. 2015.

This review explains the value and techniques of clinical assessments of frailty.

Steinman MA, Beizer JL, DuBeau CE, Laird RD, Lundebjerg NE, Mulhausen P. How to Use the American Geriatrics Society 2015 Beers Criteria-A Guide for Patients, Clinicians, Health Systems, and Payors. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015.

This article supplies useful interpretations of the guidance provided in the Beers criteria list.