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Commentary on: Hewitt J, Carter B, McCarthy K, et al. Frailty predicts mortality in all emergency surgical admissions regardless of age. An observational study. Age Ageing 2019;48:388–94. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afy217.
Implications for practice and research
Frailty assessment for emergency surgical patients may be useful in prognostication and outcome improvement.
Further research is needed to improve outcomes by identifying frail older people and administering interventions while still in the community.
Frailty is a term that has been well-established and associated with deteriorated capacity to maintain homoeostasis and vulnerability to stressors.1 Various studies have demonstrated the links between frailty and its adverse outcomes.2 3 While many of the previous studies focused on its negative impacts on older populations, evidence on frailty among emergency surgical patients is scarce. Hewitt et al 4 examined frailty status among …
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