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Table 2 Important milestones in the perception of high risk

From: Clinical review: How is risk defined in high-risk surgical patient management?

Patient Ability to return to work
  Possibility of disability
  Success of operation
Family Will patient be able to resume role as carer?
  Will patient survive?
Nurse Infection transmission
  Violence towards self
Surgeon Likelihood of operative success
  Possibility of operative misadventure
Anaesthetist Likelihood of surviving 30 days
  Likelihood of surviving the anaesthetic
Intensivist Likelihood of leaving the intensive care unit
  Prolonged stay on the intensive care unit
Administrator Outcome poorer than comparative unit
  Care costing more than allocated