Frailty Scores Can Help Assess a Patient's Potential for Poor Outcomes after Surgery in Adults of All Ages

March 6, 2019 | Strategic Insights for Health System


​Frailty may be a new screening criterion for assessing patient fitness before surgery, according to a March 1, 2019, news release from the American College of Surgeons. Though frailty is typically associated with older patients, a study published by the Journal of the American College of Surgeons(subscription required) finds that patients with a high frailty score have a higher incidence of complications after an operation regardless of age.

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