Tag Archive for ‘geriatric surgery’

RAS Issues Symposium: An argument against heroic intervention

Recent articles in the mainstream press indicate a growing public awareness that end-of-life procedures are overused. As surgeons, we know that the decision to perform surgery at the end of life is difficult, and there is no shortage of manuscripts delving into this complex topic. From this author’s perspective, end-of-life operations, specifically in the elderly, are overused and do little to lengthen or improve quality of life and, indeed, often cause more harm than good.

ACS and AGS collaborate on landmark guidelines for geriatric surgical patient care

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) have collaborated on the development of new comprehensive guidelines for the preoperative care of the nation’s elderly patients. This article summarizes the development of these guidelines which are the culmination of two years of research and analysis by a multidisciplinary expert panel representing the ACS, the AGS, and a range of medical specialties.

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