Geriatric Anesthesia: A Practical Guide

Anesthetizing the Critically Ill Geriatric Patient

Author(s): Christopher J. Mahrous, Gregory Felock and Talia K. Ben-Jacob *

Pp: 244-264 (21)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815238877124010016

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Caring for and anesthetizing critically ill geriatric patients requires multiple special considerations. This chapter will explore the considerations that must be taken when anesthetizing this geriatric critically ill population. In addition, it will also describe in detail common critical care scenarios in the geriatric population such as airway and ventilation management, resuscitation, and sepsis. Finally, some critical care issues specifically related to the geriatric population such as frailty and end-of-life considerations will be discussed. 

Keywords: End-of-life, Elder Abuse, Frailty, Functional Decline, Hospice, Intubation, Sepsis, Resuscitation, Palliative care.

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