Geriatric Anaesthesia

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About the course

Geriatric patients now comprise approximately one third of the total patient population seen in small animal practice. Whilst age is not a disease in itself, it is a time when more age-related disease will be seen. In small animal practice anaesthesia for geriatrics is associated with an increased risk. In the “Confidential enquiry into perioperative small animal fatalities “(CEPSAF) major risk factors for anaesthetic related death were identified in dogs, cats and rabbits with age being a significant factor.

For us to be able to reduce the risk associated with anaesthetising the geriatric patient, we need to have a thorough understanding of the physiological changes associate with ageing.

In this session we will look at:                                   

Preoperative assessment and preparation of the geriatric patient

Maintenance, monitoring and support during anaesthesia

The importance of nutritional support and mental wellbeing in the geriatric patient

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