The BGS blog aims to presents issues relevant to people working to improve the health and care of older people. It will highlight the latest news and activities from across all the BGS campaigns, events, publications and activities as well as original articles commissioned by leaders in geriatric medicine.
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Perioperative medicine: we’ve come a long way but there is still a long road ahead
As the population ages, increasing numbers of older people are presenting for elective and / or emergency surgical intervention. This group is at higher risk of adverse postoperative outcome, likely due to underlying comorbidity and frailty, increasing vulnerability to decompensation after surgery.
A dream on fire – perioperative geriatrics across the world
It starts with a dream – in each case, someone thinking that we need to do something to provide better care for older people undergoing surgery. I recently had the fortune of doing clinical observerships and experiencing what perioperative geriatrics is like in three different places.
How do geriatricians improve outcomes after hip fracture?
Jenny Neuburger discusses her research paper, published Age and Ageing, showing that geriatrician involvement in hip fracture care can improve patient outcomes. Patients treated on wards with higher numbers of geriatrician hours tended to have lower mortality within the 30 days after presentation.
It’s Time to Reframe How We Care for Older Adults Facing Surgery
The United States population is dramatically aging. The baby boom generation has reached 65. In fact, there are at least 10,000 people turning 65 every day. The U.S. Census Bureau projects the percentage of men and women 65 years and older will more than double between 2010 and 2050. Now, more than ever, we see a demographic imperative to pay attention to the rapidly growing number of older adults.