With an increasing number of geriatric patients seeking IR services, identification of patients at higher risk for complications will allow for improved pre-procedural counseling and patient selection, as well as targeted application of resources to improve the perioperative risk profile for select patients.
In the audio version of "Patient frailty and IR: The case for frailty as a geriatric diagnostic tool" (Fall 2021 IR Quarterly, pp. 20-22), authors Rana Rabei, MD, MHA, and Maureen P. Kohi, MD, FSIR, describe the pathophysiology of patient frailty, how frailty can be measured, and the potential role of frailty in guiding treatment decisions within interventional radiology.
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