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Table 3 The Postoperative Morbidity Survey

From: Clinical review: Can we predict which patients are at risk of complications following surgery?

Morbidity type Criterion Source of data
Respiratory Postoperative need for oxygen or respiratory support Patient observation, drug chart
Microbiology Antibiotics or pyrexia >38°C in previous 24 hours Observation chart, drug chart
Renal Oliguria, raised serum creatinine, new urinary catheter Fluid balance chart, biochemistry result, patient observation
Gastrointestinal Failure of enteral feeding Patient questioning, fluid balance chart, drug chart
Cardiovascular Diagnostic tests or treatment within last 24 hours for any of: Drug chart, note review
  new myocardial infarct or ischaemia, hypotension, arrhythmias,  
  cardiogenic pulmonary oedema, thrombotic event  
Neurological Cerebrovascular accident/transient ischaemic attack, confusion, Note review, patient questioning
  delirium, coma  
Haematological Use within last 24 hours of: packed red cells, platelets, fresh-frozen Drug chart, fluid balance chart
  plasma, cryoprecipitate  
Surgical wound Wound dehiscence/infection needing exploration or drainage of pus Note review, pathology result
Pain New pain requiring parenteral opioids or regional analgesia/anaesthesia Drug chart, patient questioning
  1. Adapted from [6].