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System can identify patients at risk for post-surgical respiratory problems

Case Management Insider, August 25, 2015

A new scoring system can help organizations spot patients at high risk for respiratory problems after a non-emergency surgical procedure in hopes of preventing this outcome.

Adam P. Johnson, MD, quality and patient safety fellow in the department of surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and colleagues came up with this scoring system that can help clinicians identify, quickly and easily, the 1%–3% of patients who may be at highest risk for respiratory problems after these procedures. The scoring system assigns points for factors, including being a current smoker, being older than 60, or having undergone esophagus procedures.

Read the full story at HealthLeaders Media.


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