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Journal of the Korean Medical Association 2017;60(5):384-390.
Published online May 29, 2017.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5124/jkma.2017.60.5.384   
Postoperative care of geriatric patients
Dong Kyu Lee, Yun Hee Kim, Jae Hwan Kim
1Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Korea University Guro Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Korea University Ansan Hospital, Ansan, Korea. anejhkim@korea.ac.kr
The geriatric surgical population experiences greater morbidity and mortality than the general surgical population. Understanding the characteristics of postoperative complications in elderly patients and carrying out adequate preventive measures and treatments are the best way to reduce postoperative complications in the geriatric surgical population. The proportion of the geriatric population has gradually increased in the Republic of Korea, and this is a worldwide trend. The postoperative care of elderly patients has drawn particular attention given the increasing interest in geriatric medicine. We introduce several postoperative complications that are closely associated with the elderly surgical population and the possible etiology of these complications, and discuss the differences between the general patient population and elderly patients.
Key Words: Postoperative complications, Aged, Frail elderly


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