Article Abstract

Surgical risk models: how they contribute to improvement of our treatments?

Authors: Janusz R. Włodarczyk, Jarosław Kużdżał


Adverse events are common among surgical patients. The question of how to predict risk associated with invasive procedures and how to select an optimal procedure for particular patients is as old as surgery itself. Accurate calculation of complication risk and mortality risk has three important aspects:
(I) Risk assessment and its discussion with a patient is essential for their informed consent to undergo surgery;
(II) Determination of risk allows for implementation of specific measures, aimed at reduction of this risk;
(III) Awareness of the adverse event that is likely to happen enables one to get prepared for it, to provide optimal setting for the procedure and to use appropriate treatment without delay.