Priorities and Optimization of Care in the Elderly — Minimizing Disability
An elderly individual undergoing abdominal surgery is likely to spend a little more than 3 months recovering, if recovering is understood to mean returning to a preoperative level of independent function. Functional recovery goes beyond whether the patient’s wound is healed or whether they awoke successfully from anesthesia to consider when, if ever, the patient resumes the life they were leading before they elected to have an operation . With projections for increasing elderly populations in the next 2 decades in most countries, the degree of disability and services needed to provide for such disabilities becomes an important policy question.
KeywordsPostoperative Delirium Postoperative Cognitive Dysfunction Acute Confusional State Emergence Delirium Elective Abdominal Surgery
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