Maximizing Postoperative Functional Recovery
A higher and higher percentage of surgical procedures are now being done on patients 65 and older. The successful outcome of these procedures goes beyond traditional concerns about morbidity and mortality. For most patients, the most important result of these procedures is the ability to continue to live independently. Hospitalizations and surgical procedures often result in a decrease of older persons’ ability to care for themselves, resulting in the need for daily care at home or nursing home placement. Surgeons must understand how to return their patients to the highest possible level of function, if they are going to provide them the best possible care.
KeywordsNursing Home Physical Restraint Skilled Nursing Facility Rehabilitation Hospital Nursing Home Placement
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