Several major medical centers are betting you'd like to know your tailored personal risks:
Integris Heart Hospital doctors are testing a high-tech consent form for patients considering angioplasty. A computer program draws from a database of 600,000 patients around the country to better predict individual risks and benefits of the procedure.While it is impossible to know all of the risks that can occur during a surgical procedure, there may be some value prioritizing risks for a patient based on their renal or hepatic function, for instance. Still, I wonder if we risk sugar-coating invasive procedures (like a coronary angiogram) by suggesting to patients that their risk of stroke was virtually zero.
The new process replaces one-size-fits-all forms that were used primarily as a legal formality. The high-tech version uses simple language and illustrations to explain procedures, while mathematically predicting the risk of complications based on individual characteristics.
After all, if you have a stroke during the procedure (no matter how low the pre-operative risk assessment was), your risk suddenly becomes 100%.