Anesthesia for Elderly Patients

Somchai Amornyotin
  • Analgesia & Resuscitation Current Research, January 2017, OMICS Publishing Group
  • DOI: 10.4172/2324-903x.1000149

Anesthesia for Elderly Patients

What is it about?

Development in anesthesia and operative techniques has considerably reduced morbidity and mortality in the elderly patients. Several anesthetic techniques have been used for elderly patients including general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, intravenous sedation and monitored anesthesia care. However, anesthesiarelated mortality in these patients is still high.

Why is it important?

All elderly patients undergoing surgical procedures require a preprocedural evaluation to assess the risks of anesthesia and procedure and to manage problems related to the preexisting medical conditions, monitoring patients during intraprocedural and postprocedural periods as well as postprocedural management.


Somchai Amornyotin
Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University

Elderly patients are exclusively vulnerable and particularly sensitive to the stresses of hospitalization, anesthesia and surgical procedure. No anesthetic agent or technique is unequivocally superior for all conditions or circumstances. Appropriate preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative management is needed of elderly patients. In addition, anesthesiologists must have knowledge of the physiological, pharmocokinetic and pharmacodynamic differences before they utilize their anesthetic techniques.

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