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Surgeons issued guidelines for seniors’ care
Modern Physician

Prompted by statistical findings that the growing population of seniors in the U.S. is aging increasingly with complex and advanced medical conditions, the American College of Surgeons and the American Geriatric Society developed a set of 13 guidelines to steer the preoperative care of surgical patients age 65 and older.

Among the key preoperative issues that surgeons should evaluate are cognitive function—looking out for signs of cognitive impairment or dementia—and decision-making capacity as well as alcohol or substance abuse and risk for post-operative delirium.