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Question 2#

 Frailty is a major risk factor for postoperative complications. Which of the following measures does NOT contribute to frailty?

a. Impaired cognition
b. One or more falls in past 6 months
c. Osteoporosis
d. Hematocrit <35%

Correct Answer is C


Frailty, disability (inability to perform more than one activity of daily living), and comorbidities such as anemia and hypoalbuminemia are the primary conditions which impact on the outcome of surgical procedures in the elderly. Each condition should be assessed preoperatively.