Anaesthesia for the Elderly Patient

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Oxford University Press, 2016 - Anesthesia - 180 pages
Global ageing, in both developed and undeveloped countries, has made the need for high-quality knowledge and research on anaesthesia for the elderly increasingly important. The second edition of Anaesthesia for the Elderly Patient offers the anaesthetist guidance on the evaluation and management of elderly patients that present at hospital for surgery and anaesthesia. Containing 15 chapters on key topics such as emergency anaesthesia, orthopaedic surgery, and neurosurgery, as well as a new chapter on 'Anaesthesia for Non-Theatre Environments', this book ensures the reader is fully prepared for the clinical challenges they may face when working with this ever-growing vulnerable group.

Part of the Oxford Anaesthesia Library series, this second edition of Anaesthesia for the Elderly Patient offers a fully up-to-date comprehensive introduction to the major clinical issues facing anaesthetists working with elderly patients. All chapters are fully updated and content is presented in a concise and easy to read format, with helpful key points listed at the start of each chapter.


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1 Definitions social trends and epidemiology
2 Pathophysiological changes of ageing and their relevance to anaesthesia
3 Anaesthetic pharmacology in the elderly
4 Preoperative assessment and preparation of elderly patients undergoing major surgery
5 Daycase anaesthesia in the elderly
6 Emergency anaesthesia in the elderly
7 Anaesthesia for orthopaedic surgery in the elderly
8 Anaesthesia for major abdominal surgery in the elderly
10 Urological and gynaecological surgery in the elderly
11 Postoperative care and analgesia
12 Intensive care and the elderly
13 Anaesthesia for nontheatre environments
14 Cognitive dysfunction and sleep disorders
15 Ethics and the law involving the elderly

9 Neurosurgery in the elderly

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About the author (2016)

Chris Dodds, Consultant Anaesthetist, Department of Anaesthesia, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK, Chandra M. Kumar, Senior Consultant in Anaesthesia, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, 90 Yishun Central, Singapore, Frederique Servin, Service d'Anesthesie et de Reanimation, Chirurgicale, Hopital Bichat, APHP Paris, France

Professor Chris Dodds is a retired Consultant Anaesthetist at the Department of Anaesthesia, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK.

Professor Chandra M. Kumar is a Senior Consultant in Anaesthesia at the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore.

Dr Frederique Servin is a Consultant in Anaesthesia at the Bichat Hospital, Paris, France.

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