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A Simple Method to Assess Postoperative Risk

Gary T. Kinasewitz, MD, FCCP; Martin H. Welch, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Oklahoma City, OK 
 ,  Dr. Kinasewitz is from the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Physiology, and Biophysics, and Dr. Welch is from the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Correspondence to: Gary T. Kinasewitz, MD, FCCP, Box 26901, WP 1310 Oklahoma City, OK 73190; e-mail: gary-kinasewitz@ouhsc.edu



Chest. 2001;120(4):1057-1058. doi:10.1378/chest.120.4.1057
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Major surgery under general anesthesia poses a significant stress to the cardiopulmonary system. Previous investigators have shown that postoperative morbidity and mortality are higher in those patients with limited cardiopulmonary reserves. Patients with pulmonary disease have a higher incidence of postoperative complications, and the frequency of complications increases in proportion to the severity of the pulmonary impairment.13 Similarly, the presence of increasing numbers of cardiac risk factors increases the risk of postoperative complications in patients with cardiac disease.4

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