Falls as a predictor for complications post surgery

 

The population grows ever older, and as we do, we’re getting operated on at older ages. The intensive care units and wards are seeing more complications as the biological milieu of the geriatric patient is challenged by the procedure. Not surprising then, that if you were falling over before you came into hospital, you won’t do well with surgery.

It’s a good question to ask though and the results are impressive. This article in JAMA Surgery looking at over 200 patients noted that a history of one or more falls in the 6 months prior to an operation (in this case elective colorectal and cardiac surgery) dramatically increased post operative complications, need for discharge to a facility, and readmission.

Definitely worth asking in your preadmission workup. Full article here.

source | JAMA Surgery

image | Elliott Brown

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