Use of a modifier reduces inconsistency in the American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status Classification in parturients.
In this study, we sought to determine whether there is a significant discrepancy among a group of practitioners when rating pregnant patients using the ASA Physical Status Classification and whether this discrepancy could be resolved with the addition of a modifier for pregnancy. Our results indicate that significant discrepancy occurs and that it is reduced with the use of the modifier, especially when referring to the healthy parturient.
Barbeito, A; Muir, HA; Gan, TJ; Reynolds, JD; Spahn, T; White, WD; Panni, MK; Schultz, JR
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