This large database analysis of patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery found that pre-operative anemia significantly and independently predicted mortality and morbidity. Although it is not yet clear what to do about it, even mild pre-operative anemia portends a worse peri-operative course than no anemia (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.