For decades, research from around the world has identified frailty as the best predictor of risk for adverse outcomes following any stressor event. That event might be minor, like a common cold, or major like a hospitalization. Knowing this risk exists should lead healthcare professionals to be more proactive in preventing the poor outcomes and to communicate the potential for decline when proposing the next healthcare change facing their frail patients.

It is encouraging to see many specialty groups doing just that and undertaking research into the impact of frailty within their own field of interest. In this week alone several articles have surfaced online and I share the references with the readers of this blog, assuming your interest in frailty.

 

Does frailty affect outcomes after traumatic spinal cord injury?

MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC./GENETIC ENGINEERING NEWS

New Rochelle, NY, November 21, 2019–A new study has shown that frailty is an important predictor of worse outcome after traumatic spinal cord injury in patients less than 75 years of age. In patients younger than 75 years, frailty was a predictor of adverse events, acute length of stay, and in-hospital mortality.  

 

SelfReported Prescription Drug Use for Pain and for Sleep and Incident Frailty

by Gulcan C, et al. October 2019

Prescription pain and sleep drug use is significantly associated with increased incidence of frailty.

 

Association of Preoperative Patient Frailty and Operative Stress with Postoperative Mortality

Shinall MC, et al. November 13, 2019.

Even a minor surgery can prove to be high-risk and even fatal for frail patients, according to new research.

Frailty matters and our patients benefit when we provide

frailty-informed care.