Journal article

Postoperative mortality and complications.

David A Story

Best Practice and Research in Clinical Anaesthesiology | Published : 2011

Abstract

Recent publications not only underline the risks of age and disease during surgery but also help us quantify the risks with greater precision. Importantly, patient factors often have a stronger association with postoperative mortality than surgical factors. Important factors preoperatively are: age, American Society of Anaesthesiologist (ASA) physical status, emergency surgery, and plasma albumin concentration. There is emerging work on quantifying frailty as a further risk factor for perioperative complication and mortality as well as need for higher level of care after discharge from hospital. Important postoperative complications include sepsis and kidney injury. Preventing, detecting and..

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