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Frailty is associated with an increased risk of undesirable postoperative outcomes across surgical subspecialties, including complications, length of stay, discharge to a skilled or assisted-living facility,1-3 and morbidity.4 With the rapidly increasing older population, frailty assessment in the preoperative setting is becoming an increasingly important, yet rarely performed, screening tool that is recommended by both the American College of Surgeons and the American Geriatric Society.5
Suskind AM, Finlayson E. A Call for Frailty Screening in the Preoperative Setting. JAMA Surg. 2017;152(3):240–241. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.4256
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