Surgical Patients With Intellectual Disabilities: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Medical management and surgical intervention can be a significant challenge when caring for patients with mental or intellectual disabilities (ID). An interdisciplinary team approach is important for proper management, advocacy, and care patients with IDs in the perioperative phase. This paper will examine the case of a young adult with a medical history of spina bifida myelomeningocele presenting with a lower extremity soft tissue infection, and highlight the crucial role of an interdisciplinary approach to the perioperative process in patients with ID.
Bell A, Irfan Z, Farah A. Surgical Patients With Intellectual Disabilities: An Interdisciplinary Approach. Podiatry Today. 2021 Sep; 34(9).