Perioperative Nursing Considerations
Many older adults must undergo surgery after a traumatic injury. The nurse must consider many factors that complicate surgical procedures in the older adult, including comorbidities, decreased physiological reserve, and a more limited functional capacity. It is often the nurse who must compile the whole of the patient information and ensure review by the attending surgeon prior to a procedure. Of course, emergent situations will differ.
- 1.The Joint Commission. Surgical Care Improvement Project. 2016. http://www.jointcommission.org/surgical_care_improvement_project/
- 2.The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). Surgical Site Infection. 2016. http://www.cdc.gov/HAI/ssi/ssi.html