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Risk Index of Arozullah et al for Predicting Postoperative Pneumonia in a Patient After Major Noncardiac Surgery

Purpose:

To identify a patient at risk for postoperative pneumonia following major noncardiac surgery using the risk index of Arozullah et al from the VA.

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases
Pulmonology & Critical Care

Objective:

risk factors, severity, prognosis, stage

ICD-10:

J15, J18, J95

Description:

Arozullah et al developed a multifactorial risk index associated with the risk of developing a postoperative pneumonia in a patient following major noncardiac surgery. The index uses data available prior to surgery, so that patients at high risk can be identified previous to onset of the pneumonia. The authors are from the National Veteran Affairs Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

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