Nursing Issues in Older Adult Surgery Patients

Elizabeth A. Capezuti, Marie Boltz, Hongsoo Kim

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Models of care addressing the unique needs of older hospitalized patients can be traced to the comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) programs first developed in the 1970s [1]. CGA programs screen older patients at high risk for geriatric-specific problems, assess for modifiable risk factors, and implement evidence-based strategies consistent with the patient’s treatment goals. Over the last 30 years changes in the health-care system, coupled with the increasing older adult population, has led to development of several geriatric models of care across all health-care settings. In general, the goals of these geriatric models of care in the hospital focus on (1) prevention of complications that occur more commonly in older adults and (2) address hospital factors that contribute to complications. This chapter provides a brief overview of complications that are more frequently found in older patients, care delivery issues that are addressed by geriatric models of care and a description of the most commonly employed hospital models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrinciples and Practice of Geriatric Surgery
Subtitle of host publicationThird Edition: With 261 Figures and 155 Tables
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9783319477718
ISBN (Print)9783319477701
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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