Gerioperative Nursing Care: Principles and Practices of Surgical Care for the Older Adult

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"The authors of this book share decades of geriatric perioperative nursing care experience with readers in a thorough, systematic manner....[This book] would be an excellent addition to the library of any health care professional, especially a perioperative nurse, who provides care to older adults."--AORN Journal, the official publication of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses

"This is a solid, well thought out book. The text has a clarity and focus which enhances understanding of the topics presented. It is particularly notable for crisp reading and uncomplicated, meaningful illustrations. Kudos to the authors for presenting such a medically solid book without losing the art of nursing care or the vision of a well tended patient."--Nursing News

This timely volume introduces gerioperative care, a new model of surgical care for the elderly designed to improve surgical outcomes and prevent complications through a focus on communication and relationship-centered care. It is the only book to specifically address the care of older adults undergoing surgery, providing practitioners with critical, practical, and theoretical information from the initial decision to have surgery through the first follow-up visit post-discharge. The text includes the anatomy and physiology of aging, preoperative care, intraoperative and post-anesthesia care, postoperative care, returning home, risk appraisal, education, prevention, early intervention, multidisciplinary team collaboration, and effective communication across all systems of care.

Gerioperative Nursing Care is an essential resource for students and practitioners of surgical, critical/acute care, and geriatric nursing, along with clinical and case managers. The tools presented help to sustain and enhance quality nursing care for older adults considering surgery, undergoing surgery, and during post-surgery visits.

Key Features

  • Presents a comprehensive new gerioperative care model for older adults undergoing surgery
  • Follows patient from primary to follow up care, including hospital care, ambulatory care, emergency and elective surgery, and perioperative care
  • Applies primary, secondary, and tertiary care concepts to surgery
  • Presents innovative focus on case management, with new care guidelines
  • Provides new applications in preoperative training, family coaching, and post-operative cognitive dysfunction prevention
  • Describes how to make quality improvements in current surgical care practices
  • Identifies and discusses major health problems of older adults through EBP
  • Includes case studies with discussion questions



Part I Introduction to Gerioperative Care
Part II Aging and Gerioperative Care
Part III Gerioperative Considerations
Appendix I Protocol for Prevention Early Detection and Treatment of Postoperative Delirium in the Older Adult
Appendix II Hendrich II Fall Risk Model

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About the author (2011)

Raelene V. Shippee-Rice, PhD, RN, is Associate Professor, and former chair, University of New Hampshire, Department of Nursing.

Susan Fetzer, PhD, RN, MBA, is Associate Professor (with tenure), Associate Chair (Academic Affairs), and Director of the RN Baccalaureate Program, University of New Hampshire, Department of Nursing.

Jennifer V. Long, CRNA, CRNP, MS, MAH, presents a 15-year health care career culminating as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist, with a focus on elder care.

Alexandra Armitage, MS, APRN, CNL, is a clinical nurse leader and board certified nurse practitioner who has worked and taught in numerous clinical and educational neurological and neurosurgical settings. She is currently working as a provider at the Plummer Movement Disorders Center, at Baylor Scott & White in Temple, Texas.

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