This study by researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, finds that preoperative surgeon intuition is an independent predictor of postoperative complications, but it isn’t as strong as the predictive power of the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP) risk calculator—a tool used to estimate patient-specific postoperative complication risks for almost all surgical procedures.
The analysis included 216 preoperative patient assessments by surgeons and NSQIP data on 9,182 general surgery patients. After comparing surgeon assessments with the risk calculator, the researchers built a third model that combined both.
Among the findings:
The researchers concluded that preoperative surgeon intuition alone is an independent predictor of patient outcomes; however, the ACS-NSQIP risk calculator is a more robust predictor of postoperative complications.Read More >>