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Cognitive dysfunction and sleep disorders

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/9780199234622.003.0013

Series: Oxford Anaesthesia Library

Cognitive dysfunction and sleep disorders

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Of all patients over the age of 65 undergoing major surgery, 25% will have a degree of cognitive impairment.

Eleven per cent will have permanent changes.

Up to 73% of elderly surgical patients will have an episode of delirium.

Assessment of mental function is a core skill for all doctors.

Knowledge of the causes and treatment of delirium are necessary.

Evidence for the superiority of any one anaesthetic technique is lacking.

Elderly patients who complain of cognitive decline after surgery should be taken seriously.

Cognitive impairment is associated with poor peri-operative pain control.

Chapter.  3306 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anaesthetics

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