A System for Automated Determination of Perioperative Patient Acuity

J Med Syst. 2018 May 30;42(7):123. doi: 10.1007/s10916-018-0977-7.


The widely used American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status (ASA PS) classification is subjective, requires manual clinician review to score, and has limited granularity. Our objective was to develop a system that automatically generates an ASA PS with finer granularity by creating a continuous ASA PS score. Supervised machine learning methods were used to create a model that predicts a patient's ASA PS on a continuous scale using the patient's home medications and comorbidities. Three different types of predictive models were trained: regression models, ordinal models, and classification models. The performance and agreement of each model to anesthesiologists were compared by calculating the mean squared error (MSE), rounded MSE and Cohen's Kappa on a holdout set. To assess model performance on continuous ASA PS, model rankings were compared to two anesthesiologists on a subset of ASA PS 3 case pairs. The random forest regression model achieved the best MSE and rounded MSE. A model consisting of three random forest classifiers (split model) achieved the best Cohen's Kappa. The model's agreement with our anesthesiologists on the ASA PS 3 case pairs yielded fair to moderate Kappa values. The results suggest that the random forest split classification model can predict ASA PS with agreement similar to that of anesthesiologists reported in literature and produce a continuous score in which agreement in accurately judging granularity is fair to moderate.

Keywords: ASA PS; ASA prediction; Anesthesiologists; Machine learning.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesiology*
  • Automation
  • Comorbidity
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Patient Acuity*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Supervised Machine Learning*