Oct 1, 1989

Implications of surgery in very elderly patients

AORN Journal
M F Jackson

Abstract

As the number of people more than 75 years of age increase, the demands on ambulatory day surgery, operating room, and PACU nurses will increase. Nurses recognize the changes that this "graying" patient population will force on hospitals' surgical units. There is a paucity of studies on the educational needs of operating room nursing staffs responsible for the care of elderly patients. How can these needs best be met? What additional staffing is needed to cope with the increasing numbers of older patients who do not move or respond as quickly as younger patients? Research is needed in every step of the nursing process and its application to the care of very elderly patients undergoing surgery. This frail and unstable population does not easily lend itself to empirical research design; however, findings on the impact of nursing procedures, such as prevention of postoperative joint pain and hypothermia, can increase patient safety and comfort.

Mentioned in this Paper

Pain, Postoperative
Geriatric Nursing
Perianesthesia Nursing
Senility
Management, Nursing Care
Postoperative Procedures
Patient Discharge
Specialty Type - Ambulatory
Preoperative Procedure
Arthralgia

About this Paper

Trending Feeds

COVID-19

Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Bone Marrow Neoplasms

Bone Marrow Neoplasms are cancers that occur in the bone marrow. Discover the latest research on Bone Marrow Neoplasms here.

IGA Glomerulonephritis

IgA glomerulonephritis is a chronic form of glomerulonephritis characterized by deposits of predominantly Iimmunoglobin A in the mesangial area. Discover the latest research on IgA glomerulonephritis here.

Cryogenic Electron Microscopy

Cryogenic electron microscopy (Cryo-EM) allows the determination of biological macromolecules and their assemblies at a near-atomic resolution. Here is the latest research.

STING Receptor Agonists

Stimulator of IFN genes (STING) are a group of transmembrane proteins that are involved in the induction of type I interferon that is important in the innate immune response. The stimulation of STING has been an active area of research in the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Here is the latest research on STING receptor agonists.

LRRK2 & Immunity During Infection

Mutations in the LRRK2 gene are a risk-factor for developing Parkinson’s disease. However, LRRK2 has been shown to function as a central regulator of vesicular trafficking, infection, immunity, and inflammation. Here is the latest research on the role of this kinase on immunity during infection.

Antiphospholipid Syndrome

Antiphospholipid syndrome or antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS or APLS), is an autoimmune, hypercoagulable state caused by the presence of antibodies directed against phospholipids.

Meningococcal Myelitis

Meningococcal myelitis is characterized by inflammation and myelin damage to the meninges and spinal cord. Discover the latest research on meningococcal myelitis here.

Alzheimer's Disease: MS4A

Variants within membrane-spanning 4-domains subfamily A (MS4A) gene cluster have recently been implicated in Alzheimer's disease by recent genome-wide association studies. Here is the latest research.

Related Papers

Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia = Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
R Twersky
Journal of Post Anesthesia Nursing
R A Marley, B M Moline
Australian Health Review : a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Y P FanD Bowen
© 2020 Meta ULC. All rights reserved