The Philadelphia Inquirer has published an article about approaches to provide better surgical care for older patients.
Older adults benefit from close attention to such areas as nutrition, vision and hearing and mental orientation during and around surgery, notes the article, and new geriatric models and programs are taking a whole person approach.
"The John A. Hartford Foundation and the American College of Surgeons have been working to create geriatric surgery guidelines that take the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs of seniors into account." After being piloted in health systems, those standards, which encourage pre-surgical cognitive testing, are ready to roll out nationally in June, said Marcus Escobedo, MPA, Senior Program Officer and Communications Director at the foundation.
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