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Is anesthesia safe for older adults?

Patricia Bartley Daniele
Ambulatory Care

Anesthesiology advances and delivery choices have promoted patient safety with minimal side effects. The older adult's surgery type and general health influence the anesthesia plan and choices. It is important to communicate with surgeon, anesthesiologist and the primary care provider to assure that the older adult's health is maximized. This may involve preoperative cardiac and lab testing to assure that the person is medically stable for the planned surgery. Any previous adverse reactions to anesthesia, allergies and a list of current daily medications should be part of the older adult's preoperative evaluation.

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