4 red flags that hinder elderly's post-op recovery

Thirty days after surgery 18% of over-65s still hadn't returned home, US study shows

Surgeons have identified four red flags that could help doctors identify which elderly patients need to be warned ahead of surgery that they might not return to independent living.

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Research results presented at the American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference 2019 in Washington DC on Tuesday identified four characteristics of over 65-year-olds who hadn't returned home 30 days after surgery:

  1. A history of a fall within the past year
  2. Preoperative malnutrition, defined as more than 10% unintentional