The Benefits and Pitfalls of the Use of Risk Stratification Tools in Cardiac Surgery.
Akshat Saxena, Vikrant Dhurandhar, Paul G Bannon, Andrew E Newcomb
Heart Lung and Circulation | Published : 2016
Risk assessment tools are increasingly used in surgery. In cardiac surgery, risk models are used for patient counselling, surgical decision-making, performance benchmarking, clinical research, evaluation of new therapies and quality assurance, among others. However, they have numerous disadvantages which need to be considered. This article evaluates the utility of risk assessment tools in cardiac surgery including a discussion of their advantages and disadvantages.