Management of the skin and soft tissue in the geriatric surgical patient

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Abstract

Aging has significant effects on the healing ability of the geriatric population. When the elderly suffer injuries, they have a decreased metabolic reserve to handle the stress required to recover. Diseases of the elderly, such as malnutrition, diabetes mellitus, treatment of malignancies, and vascular disease, all impair tissue repair. The geriatric population is more prone to pressure ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, and other chronic wounds. This review discusses how changes in the elderly lead to impaired healing or chronic wounds. Prevention of these problems and their treatment are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-114
Number of pages12
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Volume95
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015

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Geriatrics
Skin
Wounds and Injuries
Varicose Ulcer
Pressure Ulcer
Vascular Diseases
Malnutrition
Population
Diabetes Mellitus
Therapeutics
Neoplasms

Keywords

  • Burns
  • Chronic wounds
  • Geriatric
  • Skin
  • Wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)

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Management of the skin and soft tissue in the geriatric surgical patient. / Greenhalgh, David G.

In: Surgical Clinics of North America, Vol. 95, No. 1, 01.02.2015, p. 103-114.

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