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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Preoperative Assessment of Older Adults

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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Preoperative Assessment of Older Adults

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Author(s):  
Shaun M Chatelain DO
Sponsor: 
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
POGOe Id: 
21013
Date Posted: 
07/17/2019
Date Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
06/25/2019
Abstract: 

Preoperative Assessment of Older Adults is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 

After reading this issue of Elder Care, you should be able to…

  1. Describe the effect of age as a risk factor for adverse perioperative outcomes
  2. Categorize common surgical procedures according to their degree of cardiac risk
  3. Perform a general evaluation of a patient’s fitness for surgery
Additional information/Special implementation requirements or guidelines: 

Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as

  1. content is not changed,
  2. no one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. the reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatric Education Center."
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Learning resource types: 
Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Laura Vitkus MPH lvitkus@aging.arizona.edu


Suggested Citation:
Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Preoperative Assessment of Older Adults. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2019 Available from: https://pogoe.org/productid/21013