Journal article

Postoperative complications in elderly patients and their significance for long-term prognosis

David A Story

Current Opinion in Anesthesiology | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2008

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To outline perioperative risk factors for postoperative mortality in older patients, the relationship of these factors with long-term mortality, and to examine possible strategies to reduce mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: For patients aged 70 years and over 30-day mortality is about 6%, whereas 20% are likely to have at least one complication during their hospital stay. The mortality risk increases by 10% for every year after age 70. Mortality is also strongly associated with preoperative status and postoperative complications, particularly systemic inflammation and renal impairment. Unplanned postoperative intensive care unit admission is an important predictor for mortality...

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