Loss of independence post-surgery linked to poor outcomes
FOX News, July 22, 2016
“For surgery patients over age 65, losing function or mobility or needing more care after surgery is linked to a higher risk of being readmitted to the hospital or dying, according to a new study.
Almost 60 percent of patients lose at least some of their independence after surgery, said lead author Dr. Julia R. Berian of the American College of Surgeons in Chicago, Illinois.”
Stressful thought: Tension affects health
Courier-Post, January 29, 2016
“So to protect older surgery patients, the American College of Surgeons and the American Geriatrics Society have issued guidelines to help assure the best possible outcomes. They're worth knowing, so you can talk to your doctors about them before you head in for your operation.”
Frail patients more likely to die in the year after surgery
Fox News, January 26, 2016
"Frailty increases the risk of death, complications, longer hospital stay and discharge to a nursing facility, but does not exclude anyone from a particular operation, [Dr. Jason M.] Johanning told Reuters Health by email.
'Rather it gives the operative team the ability to have an open and frank discussion with the patient about their goals of care and what to expect and how to proceed when complications occur postoperatively,' he said.
The American College of Surgeons in connection with the John A. Hartford Foundation is designing a program to address these system issues, he said."
Joint Guideline Addresses Geriatric Perioperative Care
Medscape, January 11, 2016
"The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Geriatrics Society (AGS) have issued joint best practice recommendations for geriatric perioperative care. The consensus-based guideline was published online January 4 on the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program website."
Improve the Care of Your Elderly Patients
Outpatient Surgery, January 11, 2016
“Aiming to reduce common post-op complications among senior surgical patients, the American College of Surgeons and the American Geriatrics Society released new national guidelines for the perioperative care of the elderly last week.”