For older people, surgery poses risks that aren’t always made clear | Washington Post

For older people, surgery poses risks that aren’t always made clear | Washington Post
Center for Surgery and Public Health

“How does your health affect your day-to-day life? When you think about your health, what’s most important to you? What are you expecting to gain from this operation? What health conditions or treatments worry you most? And what abilities are so critical to you that you can’t imagine living without them?” Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, shares the questions surgeons can use to help guide patient discussions on surgical decision-making for older adults.

A recent article in the Washington Post covered the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Geriatric Surgery Verification Program, which presented 30 new surgical standards developed to improve surgical care and outcomes for the aging adult population. “With support from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the standards were collaboratively developed by the ACS Coalition for Quality in Geriatric Surgery Project, composed of more than 50 stakeholder organizations representing the needs of older patients and families, advocacy and regulatory groups, health care professionals, and multiple medical and surgical specialties.”