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Optimal Quality Care Of Geriatric Surgical Patients: Landmark Guidelines Just Released
New comprehensive guidelines for the pre- operative care of the nation’s elderly patients have been issued by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). The joint guidelines – published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons – apply to every patient who is 65 years and older as defined by Medicare regulations. The guidelines are the culmination of two years of research and analysis by a multidisciplinary expert panel representing the ACS and AGS, as well as by expert representatives from a range of medical specialties.