Anaesthesia in Geriatric Patients

  • W. F. List
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The WHO definition of the geriatric patient is a man or a woman above the age of 65 years. In 1980, elderly people made up about 16% of the European population. In the year 2000, around 20% of the population will be over 65, and in 2030 more than 30% will be above 65 years of age. These figures signal the growing importance of aged people in the industrialized countries. Life expectancy at the age of 65 is 16.7 years, at the age of 80 is still 8 more years. Due to the increasing number of surgical indications with age, the number of geriatric patients in the preoperative clinic of a general hospital is higher than their percentage in the normal population (~ 40% in 1990). That means that amongst our surgical patients the percentage of geriatric patients is increasing even more. Often there is also a discrepancy between chronologic and physiologic age which has to be dealt with on an individual basis. Many patients seem to be older than they are, but in the future the growing awareness of a healthy life style might also bring about better health conditions than expected with old age.


Geriatric Patient Mental Confusion Healthy Life Style Infusion Requirement Initial Distribution Volume 
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