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by mjeanpierre mjeanpierre (New) New

I have several questions. Anyone who knows the answers can post them

1) why is anesthesia reduced with age?

2) what are the criterias that must be metbefore a postoperative client can be given fluids?

3) why the elderly are a a higher risk of complications from anesthesia because of biologic changes that occur in later life?

cardiacRN2006, ADN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac.

Sounds like a homework assignment....

What does your book say?

ohmeowzer RN, RN

Specializes in ob/gyn med /surg.

well elderly people's kidney functions are not as good as younger people , so they don't clear the drugs as quickly and retain the medication longer in their systems. i think thats why they get confused easy. my mother told me ( she just retired after 50 years of nursing) that anesthia also kills off brain cells or does something to the cells that makes the elderly confused. it happened to my grandmother after she had her leg amputated. also we don't give fluid until the pt is fully awake and the gag reflex is back. i am not sure if my answers are correct.. but i would sure love input.. thank you all.. and my mother who just turned 70 and just retired after 50 years sends her love and to you all.. she loves your posts.. she loves this web site. thank you all in advance.

NursingAgainstdaOdds

Specializes in Med-Surg/Tele, ER. Has 2 years experience.

Sounds like a homework assignment....

What does your book say?

:lol2:

woody62, RN

Specializes in icu, er, transplant, case management, ps. Has 27 years experience.

Sounds like a homework assignment....

What does your book say?

It most likely is. And she has most likely read her assignment and is looking for input from the real world.

As you age, so don't your body's organs. Your kidneys and liver detoxify most anesthetics. With age, you have lost some of their ability to function at full capacity. So, your retain the effects of anesthesia longer. And since most of us over sixty, are at least please lying plump, some anesthetics are retrain in the fatty tissues of our body.

And you don't want to give anyone anything to drink until their gag reflex has returned, a long with their bowels sounds.

Woody:balloons:

southernatheart

Specializes in med/surg/ortho.

It most likely is. And she has most likely read her assignment and is looking for input from the real world.

As you age, so don't your body's organs. Your kidneys and liver detoxify most anesthetics. With age, you have lost some of their ability to function at full capacity. So, your retain the effects of anesthesia longer. And since most of us over sixty, are at least please lying plump, some anesthetics are retrain in the fatty tissues of our body.

And you don't want to give anyone anything to drink until their gag reflex has returned, a long with their bowels sounds.

Woody:balloons:

Isnt the blood/brain barrier also a factor?

cardiacRN2006, ADN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac.

It most likely is. And she has most likely read her assignment and is looking for input from the real world.

More like looking for someone else to do the work...

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