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Postoperative Risk Factors

Economic Factors and Family Support

Socioeconomic factors affect outcomes after surgical procedures. It is important to optimize these factors before and after surgery, especially prior to discharge

Surgeon Tools/Recommendations:

  • Ensure that patients have the appropriate support in the home environment by having a team in place, such as a nurse coordinator and discharge planner.
  • Provide patients with prevention programs and tips to organize homes and outdoor environments to reduce the risk of falls.

Questions to ask patients and their families:

  • Is there anyone to help you at home?
  • What is your home environment like?
  • How many stairs do you have to get to living room/bedroom?
  • Where is the bathroom located?
  • How are you going to get groceries/necessary items?