TABLE 13Abnormal PFT results and their consequences in ASA grade 1–2 (or equivalent) patients undergoing routine pre-operative testinga

StudyNumber of patients testedDefinition of abnormal resultNumber of patients with abnormal results (%; 95% CI)Number of patients whose operation postponed or cancelled because of test result (%)Number of patients with abnormal test result who had a related adverse event (%; 95% CI)Number of deaths (%)
Roukema et al. 19881484Vital capacity < 75% of normal4/84 (4.8%; 0.2% to 9.3%)None reported2/4 (50%; 1% to 99%)0

Data in italics were calculated by the reviewer.

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What is the Value of Routinely Testing Full Blood Count, Electrolytes and Urea, and Pulmonary Function Tests Before Elective Surgery in Patients with No Apparent Clinical Indication and in Subgroups of Patients with Common Comorbidities: A Systematic Review of the Clinical and Cost-Effective Literature.
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