Just going for a walk

There are just so many scoring systems these days that it’s hard to keep track, but not many of them are easy to remember or to perform – you usually have to whip our your smartphone or get on the net to fill them out. That said, they still have their place, since they do help us predict outcomes – like the risk of mortality after cardiac surgery.

This study of 131 patients looked at whether they were to slow to walk – as in, did it take more than 6 seconds to walk 5 metres – and slow walkers had a hazard ratio of 3.05, after adjusting for their baseline risk (using the Society of Thoracic Surgeons risk score). 

Simple, effective, and easily applied – bring it to your practice after reading more here

IMAGE: Ed Yourdon


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