This population based study found schizophrenics were significantly more likely to suffer post operative adverse events, including acute renal failure, pneumonia, sepsis, bleeding, stroke and mortality. Hospitalists should be aware of the need for careful postoperative monitoring of schizophrenic patients (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.