Minor Postoperative Increases of Creatinine Are Associated With Higher Mortality and Longer Hospital Length of Stay in Surgical Patients

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(Abstracted from Anesthesiology, 123:1301–1311, 2015)

In this single-center retrospective cohort study, the authors examined the impact of acute kidney injury (AKI) and minor kidney function impairment on in-hospital morbidity, mortality, and hospital length of stay (HLOS) in a broad population of surgical patients. The authors measured baseline and postoperative creatinine levels, a marker of subclinical postoperative kidney dysfunction, and hypothesized that even minor increases in levels could lead to adverse outcomes.

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