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Colombian Journal of Anestesiology

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LOPEZ, Gustavo  and  LOPEZ, Jorge H. El paciente geriátrico y el acto anestésico: nova et vetera. Rev. colomb. anestesiol. [online]. 2008, vol.36, n.4, pp.279-286. ISSN 0120-3347.

As the population ages, more geriatric patients should undergo Esther elective or urgent surgery. Given that ageing is a unique and individual experience, each patient that goes to surgery, must be addressed on an individual basis. The assessment of the functional reserve has become the cornerstone in the anesthetic plan and is the fore-casting integral marker. Guidelines for its assessment are given, as well as its functional capacity, in order to minimize the risks of anesthesia and surgery. In this review, changes in organs with age, the role of intercurrent diseases, and other factors that increase the risk of complications, perioperative problems that may arise, including those related to cognitive stes are discussed.

Keywords : elderly; geriatric anesthesia; geriatric surgery; perioperative assessment geriatrics; geriatric anesthetic risk.

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