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Emergency anaesthesia in the elderly

Chris Dodds, Chandra M. Kumar and Frédérique Servin

in Anaesthesia for the Elderly Patient

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780199234622
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607082 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199234622.003.0006

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Emergency anaesthesia in the elderly

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Emergency surgery in the elderly is often associated with a poor outcome.

Conditioning the patient is important, but should not delay surgery.

Hypovolaemia, frequent in emergency procedures in aged patients, is not well tolerated, but neither is rapid fluid loading.

A minimal trauma may result in fractured neck of the femur which, in this situation, reflects a poor physiological status.

New surgical techniques (colonic stent, vascular stent, etc.) are currently under investigation.

Chapter.  1225 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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