Unique challenges can arise when performing perioperative care for older surgical patients. This course reviews the challenges of performing such care that all members of a patient’s health care team should be aware. To successfully complete this course, you must attain a minimum score of 80 percent on the final exam and complete the course training survey. Learning objectives: 1. Describe the continuum of preoperative, surgery and postoperative surgery in the care of elderly patients; 2. Explain the importance of preoperative evaluation for the elderly, including informed consent, history and nutritional status, mental status, and physical exam; 3. Explain the risks of surgery for the elderly; 4. Identify the barriers to recovery after surgery for the elderly; 5. Explain the postoperative problems and predictors of those problems for the elderly; 6. Explain the importance of pain management, discharge planning and family conferences for the elderly following surgery. Continuing education: 1.0 Category 1 CPE credits by the Board for Orthotist/Prosthetist Certification (BOC); 1.0 contact hour by the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC); VGM Education is authorized by IACET to offer 0.1 CEUs for this program.
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