Orthogeriatric Anaesthesia

  • Stuart M. WhiteEmail author
Part of the Practical Issues in Geriatrics book series (PIG)


The relationship between orthogeriatrician and anaesthetist is fundamental to the continuous provision of medical care from hospital admission through to hospital discharge after hip fracture. Three phases of care define this relationship – preoperative prehabilitation, intraoperative normalisation and postoperative re-enablement. Preoperatively, the aim should be to normalise the patient’s medical condition so that surgery is not delayed. Intra operatively, the anaesthetist should aim to deliver standardised anaesthesia in such a way that a patient is returned to orthogeriatric care postoperatively pain-free and ready for re-enablement. Postoperative care is a continuation of intraoperative re-enablement. Both anaesthetists and orthogeriatricians need to engage in continuous quality improvement programs that aim to reduce hospital and national variations in perioperative care provision for this vulnerable group of patients.


Spinal Anaesthesia Enhance Recovery After Surgery Femoral Nerve Block Peripheral Nerve Block Critical Care Admission 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS TrustBrightonUK

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