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1

What is the leading cause of perioperative complications and death in surgical patients of all age groups but particularly among the elderly?

Cardiac complications

(Schwartz)

2

What are two other major sources of morbidity and mortality in elderly surgical patients?

Pulmonary complications
Renal compromise

(Schwartz)

3

What are 3 other assessments that should be included in a preoperative evaluation of an elderly surgical candidate?

Cognitive function
Functional status (ADLs)
Nutritional assessment, especially protein

(Schwartz)