How Delirium Impacts Surgery Recovery of Older Patients
Many studies have shown that what happens both right before and directly after surgery can profoundly impact how well a patient recovers. Everything from what a person eats before an operation, to high levels of stress and anxiety going into surgery can potentially interfere with or produce adverse results with surgical aftercare.
A recent study published in the JAMA Surgery journal found that post surgical delirium could adversely affect surgical recovery outcomes in older patients. The researchers found that geriatric patients suffering from delirium after surgery were at a much higher risk for complications like diminished quality of life, disability, and even death in some cases.
Preventing After Surgery Delirium in Geriatric Patients
To ensure successful recovery from surgery, the study authors recommend taking steps to help prevent the sudden onset of confusion and feelings of disorientation that many older patients experience in hospitals after elective and major surgical procedures, which in addition to serious complications also result in costly extended hospital stays, or readmission shortly after surgery.
With more than a third of all surgeries in the United States performed on patients over the age of 65, making sure that the post surgical needs of elderly patients are met should be a priority for any surgery after care program, in order to avoid complications and to help patients recover successfully. Senior patients in particular need to maintain awareness and remain oriented to their surroundings, with special care to sufficient intake of fluids, nutrition, and adequate sleep.
Personalized, around the clock care and a comfortable, home-like environment with custom meals and individualized care and attention can help all patients, especially older adults with specific needs, recover safely and more efficiently after surgery than in a hospital.
Surgical Recovery and After Care in Beverly Hills
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