Around 10% of people aged 65 and over live with frailty, with this figure rising to between 25%-50% for those over 85.
It's estimated that 300,000 people living with frailty undergo surgery each year. Frailty is recognised as a significant risk factor for complications in both elective and emergency surgical patients and has a direct correlation to postoperative outcomes.
This study day will review frailty in relation to surgery, the many aspects of risk to the frail patient, risk scoring and what we as perioperative practitioners can do to mitigate the risk of surgery.
Topics will include:
- Recognising frailty and frailty scoring.
- Perioperative anaesthetic management.
- Hypothermia and venous thromboembolism.
- Skin integrity and managing continence.
- Intercurrent infections impacting on emergency surgery.
- Cognitive function and considerations for patients with dementia.
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