In this study from Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine, researchers find that Medically Necessary, Time-Sensitive (MeNTS) scores used for elective surgical prioritization during the COVID-19 pandemic have low discriminating power in distinguishing patients with moderate or severe postoperative complications.
In this analysis, 223 patients were classified according to: postoperative complication severity, Clavien-Dindo <II Group (no/mild complications) or the Clavien-Dindo ≥ II Group (moderate/severe complications); Duke Activity Status Index (DASI); American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) physical status class, and other pre-existing conditions and outcomes.
MeNTS has been endorsed by the American College of Surgeons to triage and make decisions about elective surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. Higher MeNTS scores were assumed to be related to worse outcomes or increased risk of transmission. This prospective study shows that, although significant, MeNTS scores have low discriminating power in distinguishing patients with moderate or severe complications, the researchers say.Read More >>