Development and validation of a multifactorial risk index for predicting postoperative pneumonia after major noncardiac surgery.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Pneumonia is a common postoperative complication associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE To develop and validate a preoperative risk index for predicting postoperative pneumonia. DESIGN Prospective cohort study with outcome assessment based on chart review. SETTING 100 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers performing major… (More)

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