Prospective validation of the Urgent Surgery Elderly Mortality risk score (USEM)

Am J Surg. 2020 Oct;220(4):1071-1075. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2020.04.020. Epub 2020 May 18.


Introduction: We aimed to test the predictive ability and to compare the predictive ability of the USEM to SRS, SORT and ASA in a prospective sample.

Patients and methods: A Prospective cohort of >65-year-old patients undergoing urgent abdominal surgery in a Hospital. Models calibration and discrimination were evaluated using the receiver operating characteristics curves and the Hosmer-Lemeshow test.

Results: A total of 500 patients with a median age of 78 years were included. The AUROC in the validation cohort was 0.824. The USEM overestimated mortality (Test Hosmer-Lemeshow p < 0.001), after recalibration the USEM provided an accurate prediction of postoperative mortality.

Conclusions: After the recalibration, the USEM had good discriminant power to estimate the risk of mortality in elderly patients after urgent abdominal surgery.

Keywords: Elderly patients; Prospective validation; Urgent abdominal surgery.