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Preoperative Assessment of the High-Risk Elderly

  • John A. Savino
Part of the Contemporary Geriatric Medicine book series (COGM, volume 3)

Abstract

The ability of patients to meet the stresses of surgery and anesthesia should be assessed in the preoperative period in order to quantitate the cardiovascular, respiratory, and metabolic functional deficits. The high-risk patient who must undergo surgery presents a judgment decision for the internist, surgeon, and patient. Unfortunately, preoperative risk assessment without optimization of the patient does little to diminish intraoperative and postoperative morbidity and mortality.

Keywords

Cardiac Output Obese Patient Cardiac Index Pulmonary Capillary Wedge Pressure Preoperative Assessment 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Savino
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryNew York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA

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