To determine how risk factors could be combined to best predict the development of a postoperative pulmonary complication (PPC) following abdominal surgery.
Prospective model-building study. Logistic regression models were developed using significant risk factors identified in the univariate analysis.
Four midwestern hospitals.
Convenience sample of 400 patients who underwent abdominal surgical procedures between January 1993 and August 1995… CONTINUE READING