Geriatric Anesthesia: A Practical Guide

Post-Operative Care of Elderly Patients

Author(s): Rachel Madison and Ian Brotman *

Pp: 65-80 (16)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815238877124010007

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


 Geriatric patients have unique postoperative concerns that must be considered to safely guide their care. In this chapter, we discuss the commonly encountered complications in the post-anesthesia care unit with a focus on postoperative delirium, postoperative nausea, and vomiting, as well as issues relating to renal, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems with advancing age. Finally, we discuss opioid and nonopioid analgesic considerations unique to this vulnerable patient population.

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