Anesthetic Considerations for Geriatric Surgery

  • Stephen N. Harris


Is a healthy geriatric patient different from a healthy 20-year-old? If so, how should one approach the elderly from an anesthetic standpoint when assessing them prior to surgery? Are there some basic differences that affect anesthetic management? Understanding the physiologic and pharmacologic changes associated with aging give us insight to help discern the effects of aging and the consequences of age-related disease. Other chapters of this book cover preoperative risk assessment and specific organ systems in great detail; this chapter addresses the geriatric patient from the anesthesiologist’s viewpoint. Pertinent organ systems are taken into consideration in terms of their impact on the perioperative anesthetic plan. In addition, recommendations concerning perioperative care of the geriatric patient focus on how commonly used anesthetics, techniques, and management affect the perioperative care of the geriatric patient.


Elderly Patient Cardiac Output Central Venous Pressure Histamine Release Geriatric Patient 
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