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There is a _____ % decline in organ function per year after age 30.



What are some characteristics of the elderly population that are related to increased mortality in surgical cases?

> 80yo, male, low albumin, impaired ADLs, impaired functional status, ASA 3 or >, emergency surgery


What are some effects of aging on body composition?

loss of skeletal muscle (lean body mass), increased % of body fat (decreased SQ fat), decreased skin elasticity, reduced skin and soft tissue perfusion, poor turgor; d\t collagen loss be careful with adhesives


What are some reasons for increased incidence of post op shivering in the elderly?

increased O2 consumption (up to 400%), hypoxia, acidosis, cardiopulmonary compromise; these patients also have a low basal metabolic rate and could have hypothyroidism so PREVENT hypothermia


Cardiac function declines by _____ % btw the ages of 20 and 80.



What are some cardiovascular changes seen in the elderly population?

peripheral vascular changes (increased wall thickness and diameter, stiffening of aorta and large arteries, decreased vasodilation, systemic HTN, decreased baroreceptor sensitivity), increased LV wall thickness (HTN), decreased compliance, thickening of aortic valve cusps, LVH, impaired pump function, reduced CO, prolonged circulation time, increased incidence of CAD, lower maximal HR, decreased catecholamine response


While newborns rely on HR for adequate cardiovascular stability, the elderly population have a greater reliance on ________ and ________.

LVEDV and atrial contraction (atrial kick)


What is the best indicator of postoperative functional status?

preoperative functional status (report of ADLs and METs)


What are some ANS changes seen in the elderly?

diminished parasympathetic outflow and increased sympathetic activity; reduced responsiveness to beta adrenergic stimulation; compromised thermoregulation, decreased baroreceptor sensitivity, dehydration


What are some respiratory changes in the elderly population?

15% reduction in alveolar surface by 70yo (decreased area for gas exchange d\t reduction of elastic tissue and increased collagen); increased alveolocapillary membrane thickness leading to a decline in PaO2; decreased alveolar compliance (V/Q mismatch, increased physiological shunt, decreased efficiency of O2 exchange)


Estimate the expected PaO2 for an 80 yo.

100- (0.4 x age); ~68


T/F? A decrease in FEV, FVC, TLC, diminished CNS response to hypoxia & hypercarbia, and increased closing volumes are all normal findings in the elderly patient.



What are airway changes seen in the elderly population?

decreased laryngeal and pharyngeal response (decreased airway clearance and gag--aspiration), narrowed airway passages (increased WOB, more turbulent flow), edentulous, cervical arthritis (limited extension/flexion)


What are renal changes seen in the elderly population?

renal atrophy (50% reduction in functioning nephrons by age 80--- 1-1.5% per year decline in GFR), RBF decreases 1-2% per year after age 25 (by 65, RBF decreases 40-50%), impaired ability to concentrate urine and preserve H2O and Na (electrolyte abnormality, hypovolemia, dehydration)


What are liver changes noted in the elderly population?

same crap.... reduced tissue mass, decreased hepatic BF, reduced filtration.... but few changes in hepatocellular function


A serum albumin < than _____ g/dL is associated with malnutrition in the elderly.



Name some GI changes in the elderly.

decreased motility, increased gastric residual volume, dysfunction of sphincters (LES)---- possible RSI, avoid LMA, prophylactic antacids


Name some endocrine change in the elderly.

atrophy of endocrine glands.... reduced hormone production (insulin, thyroxine, growth hormone, renin, aldosterone).... increased postprandial blood glucose levels (decreased liberation of insulin in response to hyperglycemia, resistance to insulin effects)


Name hematologic changes seen in the elderly.

diminished bone marrow function, decreased hematopoiesis (formation of blood cellular components), anemia--- get baseline H&H, preop blood consent


What are some CNS changes seen in the elderly?

decreased: brain mass (30% by 80), neuronal density, CMO2, CBF, neurotransmitter receptor sites, conduction velocity in peripheral nerves, synthesis of neurotransmitters, fibers in spinal cord tracts.... BUT structural changes in CNS are NOT automatically associated with decline in cognitive function


Post op delirium in the elderly tend to manifest within ____ to ____ days post op in patients over the age of ______.

1-3 days; >70; DELIRIUM (drug use, electrolyte abnormality, lack of drugs, infection, reduced sensory input, intracranial problems, urinary retention, myocardial problems)


Age impacts the circadian pattern of __________, _________, and _______ and can cause desynchronation or "internal phase drift".

body temp, plasma cortisol, and sleep


What is the concept of homeostenosis?

the idea that from maturity to senescence (the process of deterioration with age), diminishing physiologic reserves are available to meet challenges to homeostasis; leads to increased vulnerability to disease occurring with aging; endpoint of this process is frailty, where even the smallest challenge overwhelms the available reserves and results in disaster


_______ is the state when physiologic reserves are maximally invoked just to maintain homeostasis and any challenge will cross some threshold.



What happens to red cell lifespan, iron turnover, and blood volume with advanced age?

they are unchanged with age; however, bone marrow mass decreases and fat in the bone marrow increases with increasing age.... therefore functional reserves are reduced with age


What happens to the total circulating white cells and platelets in the older person?

does not change in healthy older people, but function of several types of cells is reduced; # of platelets are unchanged.... but platelet responsiveness to a number of thrombotic stimulators is increased... results in a small but consistent decrease in bleeding time with age.... should be considered a procoagulant state..... overall age is an important risk factor for DVT


What are some changes with the oropharynx in the elderly?

loss of esophageal muscle compliance results in increased resistance to flow across the upper esophageal sphincter.... up to 60% pts without dysphagia have abnormal transfer to the pharynx.... less effective mastication and decreased food clearance from the pharynx lead to increased risk of aspiration in older adults


The "older" kidney is subject to the following: (T/F):
-decrease in creatinine clearance
-very little overall decline in GFR
-creatinine production decreases and tubular secretion of creatinine increases resulting in primarily stable serum creatinine overall
-without presence of complication... fluid and electrolyte homeostasis are maintained relatively well
-impairment in excreting acid load
-less likely to recover from insult



What are the changes in the elderly in regards to HR and response to catecholamines?

intrinsic HR decreases by five to six beats per minute each decade.... response to both parasympathetic antagonists (atropine) and beta adrenergic agonists (isoproterenol) is decreased in healthy older people; target maximum HR is calculated as 220-age.... heart rate variability, perhaps d\t decreased parasympathetic tone and decreased sympathetic responsiveness, also decreases with age


What are some considerations for an RSI of an elderly patient?

medications used for RSI cause more pronounced hypopnea and hypotension in the elderly than in younger, healthy patients.... reduce dose of short-acting opioids used for pretreatment and induction agents by approx 30-50%... use standard dosing for neuromuscular blocking agents