Frailty, a syndrome that is indicative of an individual’s physiological and functional capacity, is linked with a reduced quality of life and higher mortality among individuals in and outside of an intensive care unit (ICU). In the context of the ICU, the assessment of a patient’s prehospital frailty status is a challenge. Most frailty tools consist of complex tasks or lengthy questionnaires, which are often inappropriate and too burdensome for critically ill adults. Consequently, family members or surrogates are often asked to help clinicians understand a patient’s prehospital frailty. Despite these and other challenges concerning the assessment of prehospital frailty, the early assessment of prehospital frailty status has been posited as a useful indicator for the identification of high-risk patients and an important construct to inform clinician decision-making.

The authors of the publication high-lighted in this EBR conducted a prospective cohort study to compare the agreement and validity of...

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