Which preoperative screening tool should be applied to older patients undergoing elective surgery to predict short-term postoperative outcomes? Lessons from systematic reviews, meta-analyses and guidelines
Rachel Aitken, Nur-Shirin Harun, Andrea Britta Maier
Internal and Emergency Medicine | SPRINGER-VERLAG ITALIA SRL | Published : 2020
BACKGROUND: Older surgical patients have a higher risk of postoperative mortality and morbidity compared to younger patients. Timely identification of high-risk patients facilitates comprehensive preoperative evaluation, optimization, and resource allocation to help reduce this risk. This review aims to identify a preoperative screening tool for older patients undergoing elective surgery predictive of poor short-term postoperative outcomes. METHODS: A scoping review was conducted. An Ovid MEDLINE search was used to identify systematic reviews or meta-analyses comprising older elective patients in at least two different surgical settings. International guidelines were reviewed for recommendat..View full abstract
This research is based on an unrestricted grant provided by the University of Melbourne received by Prof. Andrea B. Maier.