Crandon, Ivor W.; Carpenter, Reginald A.; Branday, Joseph M.; Harding, Hyacinth E.; Simeon, D. T.; Pencle, F.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Surgery in the Elderly: A Prospective Study in a Developing Country [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Objective: To determiine the numbers of elderly patients who require admission to the general surgical wards at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), their outcome and their effect on hospital resource utilization. Method: Clinical data were collected on all patients admitted to the general surgery wards of the UHWI during a one year period, using audit forms designed by the Department of Surgery. Differences between elderly and non-elderly patients were analyzed using chi square and Mann-Whitney U tests as appropriate. Conclusion: Steps to improve the opportunities for earlier admission and optimization of care of elderly surgical pateints would not only benefit them, but would be an important step towards a more efficient use of already scarce resources.....