System Impact and Demographics of Abdominal Surgical Emergencies

Chapter

Abstract

The portion of the population over 65 years is expected to continue to increase until 2030. This population has increased healthcare utilization compared to younger adults and frequently requires unplanned surgical procedures. To optimally care for older adults undergoing emergency general surgery, a system-based, multidisciplinary team should be utilized. This chapter reviews components of the ideal system, current American College of Surgeon guidelines for geriatric patients, and available tools for system design. Frailty instruments for emergency surgery and potentially preventable complications relevant to this high-risk population are discussed.

Keywords

Geriatric Elderly Emergency surgery Acute care surgery Frailty System design System impact Health-related quality of life 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma CenterUniversity of Maryland Medical CenterBaltimoreUSA

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