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Peri-operative care of elderly patients – an urgent need for change: a consensus statement to provide guidance for specialist and non-specialist anaesthetists

Chris Dodds1, Irwin Foo2*, Kerri Jones3, Shiv Kumar Singh4 and Carl Waldmann5

Author Affiliations

1 James Cook University Hospital, Middleborough, UK

2 Western General Hospital, Crewe Road South, Edinburgh, EH4 2XU, UK

3 Torbay Hospital, Torquay, UK

4 Royal Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool, UK

5 Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, UK

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Perioperative Medicine 2013, 2:6  doi:10.1186/2047-0525-2-6

Published: 27 March 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

Compared to younger, fitter patients, elderly patients are at a disproportionately greater risk of avoidable morbidity and mortality. In this statement, we aim to give guidance on the role of anaesthetists in optimising care of elderly patients by discussing principles relevant to the whole care pathway.