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J Vasc Nurs. 1999 Dec;17(4):86-8.

Effects of vascular surgery on the elderly vascular patient.

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  • London Health Sciences Centre, Division of Vascular Surgery, Ontario, Canada.


The majority of vascular patients are elderly and present a unique set of problems after an operation. Age plays a major role in their recovery, but the greatest challenge is their preexisting medical problems. The changes that occur with aging in the following body systems will be discussed: cardiac, pulmonary, renal, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and central nervous system. Special concerns related to pain management, risk of delirium, and wound healing present continuing nursing challenges that require close observation after surgery.

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