The Duke Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health, led by Mitchell Heflin, MD, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics), and Sandhya Lagoo-Deenadayalan, MD, associate professor of surgery, published a study in JAMA Surgery on Jan. 3 that found with older patients, assessing risk and intervening before surgery leads to shorter hospital stays.

Duke Perioperative Optimization of Senior Health, POSH, is a team-based approach in which surgeons, geriatricians, advanced practice providers from anesthesia, and patients work together to head off potential problems before surgery.

“Surgeons are seeing older and older patients,” says Shelley McDonald, DO, PhD, assistant professor of medicine (Geriatrics). “We’ve learned that by working together, these patients can get through surgery with fewer complications.”

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