In conclusion, the researchers reported “Our study reinforces existing evidence that postoperative delirium is a common complication in older patients after spine surgery and that there are several perioperative risk factors associated with delirium and other adverse outcomes.” They also said, “Care providers should consider a focused multidisciplinary preoperative assessment that includes an evaluation of baseline medical comorbidities social environment, and geriatric conditions that may identity older patients who are at high risk for developing adverse postoperative outcomes and to develop individualized preoperative optimization strategies to enhance patient outcomes in older adults undergoing elective and nonelective spine surgery.”
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Susano MJ, Scheetz SD, Grasfield RH, Cheung D, Xu X, Kang JD, Smith TR, Lu Y, Groff MW, Chi JH, Crosby G, Culley DJ. Retrospective analysis of perioperative variables associated with postoperative delirium and other adverse outcomes in older patients after spine surgery.
J Neurosurg Anesthesiol. 2019 Oct;31(4):385-391. doi: 10.1097/ANA.0000000000000566.