Table 5

Risk categories and clinical decision making

RiskCumulative rank score30-day mortality risk (%)Risk of postoperative ICU stay>24 hoursSuggestions for clinical decision making
Low0–1000.1Proceed with surgery
Low–moderate11–200.20.9Search for modifiable risk factors and optimise if possible
Moderate–high21–301.94.9As above and arrange for appropriate postoperative monitoring/clinical care
Plan for possible ICU admission/high dependency care
High>3011.514.9As above and consider alternative surgical or non-surgical options if appropriate
Strongly consider not proceeding without availability of ICU bed
  • ICU, intensive care unit.