TABLE 1.4Summary of abnormal chest radiographs and changes in clinical management or postoperative complications in study populations according to age group

AGE RANGE% ABNORMAL TEST (Number of Studies)% CHANGE IN CLINICAL MANAGEMENT (Number of Studies)% POSTOPERATIVE COMPLICATIONS (Number of Studies)
Mean*MaximumMinimumMean*MaximumMinimumMean*MaximumMinimum
Adults > 60 years43.6 (4)64.74.8(0)(0)(0)7.3 (2)8.85.8
Adults only24.9 (15)52.05.52.5 (13)5.205.5 (9)34.00
Children & adults20.5 (10)60.10.31.4 (7)5.100.6 (2)1.20
Children only6.0 (4)8.92.92.2 (3)3.80.40 (2)00
Not stated37.9 (4)60.09.70.3 (2)0.30.38.3 (1)
*

weighted means

From: Appendix 1, Results of a Systematic Review of the Literature for Routine Preoperative Testing

Cover of Preoperative Tests
Preoperative Tests: The Use of Routine Preoperative Tests for Elective Surgery.
NICE Clinical Guidelines, No. 3.
National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care (UK).
Copyright © 2003, National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care.

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