Fewer deaths when elder patients get the 'friendly' treatment

Study reports 19% fall in post-op deaths when doctors followed an elder-friendly protocol

Older patients had shorter hospital stays and fewer complications and deaths when doctors adopted an elder-friendly protocol before surgery, a study shows.

Elderly woman being helped

Using the EASE (Elder-Friendly Approaches to the Surgical Environment) model in an emergency general surgical setting leads to a reduction in complications and deaths, the Canadian researchers say.

The intervention included integration of a geriatric assessment team, optimisation of evidence-based elder-friendly