Preoperative Testing and Medication Management

Judi M. Woolger

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Abstract

The preoperative evaluation of the geriatric patient is an important time to make a series of assessments. Careful attention is paid to cardiac and pulmonary readiness for the physiologic stress of surgery. It is also a time to focus on the patient's mental capacities and social support system, and nutritional state. Because so many patients take multiple medications and supplements, the preoperative assessment is also a time to carefully review exactly what it being taken. It is a time to assess for drug interactions, and also to adjust medications to prepare the patient for the stress of surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-583
Number of pages11
JournalClinics in Geriatric Medicine
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008

Keywords

  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Functional assessment
  • Geriatrics
  • Medication management
  • Preoperative evaluation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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