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Comment & Response
April 22, 2020

Implications of Preoperative Patient Frailty on Stratified Postoperative Mortality

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  • 1Centre for Medical Education, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 2The William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, England
JAMA Surg. Published online April 22, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.0429

To the Editor We thank Shinall et al1 for their study analyzing the association of preoperative frailty and postoperative mortality (POM) at varying levels of operative stress as measured by the Operative Stress Score. In addition to lending further credibility to the aforementioned association across varying surgical procedures, they were able to highlight this in the context of low-stress and very low-stress procedures. With an increasing average life expectancy, surgical interventions in individuals with inadequate physiological reserves and reduced stress response will only grow. However, we would like to address a few points that could strengthen the association.

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