Geriatric Anesthesia: A Practical Guide

Geriatric Trauma Patient

Author(s): Akhil Patel *

Pp: 210-225 (16)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815238877124010014

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Trauma is a leading cause of death for the geriatric population. Because of the acuity of the patient presenting in such circumstances, it is imperative to have a grasp of physiological changes that occur with time. As an anesthesia provider, understanding physiological changes can adjust the anesthetic plan, dosages, and uses of certain medications. It is also important to convey the risks and benefits of proceeding with major invasive surgery and recovery. Many patients now have living wills or advanced directives that may assist in decision-making.

Keywords: ADLs, Anticoagulation reversal, Blunt trauma, Clinical frailty scale, Code status, Coagulopathy, Delirium, FAST, Frail Scale, GCS, Hemorrhage shock, Hypothermia, NORA, Orthopedic injury, Physiological changes, Pain control, Resuscitation.

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