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POSSUM Scoring System for Surgical Audit

Purpose:

To use the POSSUM score to estimate morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing surgery.

Specialty:

Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

Objective:

laboratory tests, criteria for diagnosis, severity, prognosis, stage, selection, surgery, social stability, public health

ICD-10:

T88.8, T88.9

Description:

The POSSUM (Physiologic and Operative Severity Score for the enUmeration of Mortality and morbidity) is a scoring system which allows for either retrospective or prospective evaluation of surgical and post-operative care. This can allow comparison of care between different providers and/or institutions. It was developed at the Broadgreen Hospital in Liverpool, England.

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