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Philip P Goodney, Brian W Nolan, Andres Schanzer, Jens Eldrup-Jorgensen, Andrew C Stanley, David H Stone, Donald S Likosky, Jack L Cronenwett
BACKGROUND: Using 30-day operative mortality reported with lower extremity bypass (LEB) in preoperative decision making may underestimate the actual death rate encountered before patients have truly recovered from surgery, especially in elderly, debilitated patients with significant tissue loss. Therefore, we examined preoperative, patient-level risk factors that predict survival within the first year following LEB. METHODS: Using our regional quality improvement initiative in 11 hospitals in Northern New England, we studied 2306 LEB procedures performed in 2031 patients between January 2003 and December 2007...
January 2010: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Todd R Vogel, Gregory F Petroski, Robin L Kruse
OBJECTIVE: The impact of interventions for critical limb ischemia (CLI) on functional status in the elderly remains unclear. Open and endovascular procedures were evaluated. METHODS: Medicare inpatient claims were linked with nursing home assessment data to identify elective admissions for lower extremity procedures for CLI. A functional impairment score (0-28; higher scores indicating greater impairment) based on residents' need for assistance with self-care activities, walking, and locomotion was calculated before and after interventions...
February 2014: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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