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ACS 2012: The Impact of Preoperative Falls
Posted By Physicians Weekly On October 3, 2012 @ 4:03 pm In Articles,Conference Coverage Highlights,Surgery | 2 Comments
The Particulars: Falls increase the likelihood of hospitalization and mortality in older adults. However, falls have not been studied as a stand-alone risk marker for predicting surgical outcomes in this population.
Data Breakdown: For a study, older patients scheduled for colorectal or cardiac surgery were asked if they had fallen in the previous 6 months. Among patients who underwent colorectal surgery, 58% of those who reported falling had more than one postoperative complication, compared with 27% of those who did not fall. Similar findings were seen in patients who underwent cardiac surgery.
Take Home Pearl: Older patients who have fallen within 6 months of colorectal or cardiac surgery appear to have higher rates of postoperative complications when compared with those who have not fallen.
Source: American College of Surgeons Press Release 
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 American College of Surgeons Press Release : http://www.facs.org/clincon2012/press/jones-robinson.html
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