Nutritional support in the frail elderly surgical patient

Rolando Rolandelli, J. R. Ullrich

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Abstract

Malnutrition is common in the elderly population, particularly residents living in nursing homes. The decrease in nutrient intake associated with aging reduces cellular function and reserve capacity. Refeeding of malnourished elderly patients prior to elective surgeries, or following emergency surgeries, can reduce surgical morbidity and mortality. A large number of elderly patients become unable to maintain their nutritional status by oral feedings. Modern techniques and materials allow the use of the gastrointestinal tract for nutritional support in most of these patients. The ultimate goal for health care in the 1990s is to provide quality life at home. Nutritional support has become an integral component of home services for the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-92
Number of pages14
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Volume74
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Frail Elderly
Nutritional Support
Cell Aging
Nursing Homes
Nutritional Status
Malnutrition
Gastrointestinal Tract
Emergencies
Quality of Life
Morbidity
Delivery of Health Care
Food
Mortality
Population

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  • Surgery

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In: Surgical Clinics of North America, Vol. 74, No. 1, 01.01.1994, p. 79-92.

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