Simple pre-surgery questions save lives, Omaha study finds
A seven-year study of patients at the VA Medical Center in Omaha showed that screening patients before an operation to determine how frail they are can save lives after surgery.

The screening test is so simple and the results so profound that the procedure is beginning to be implemented in other places, said Dr. Jason Johanning, who was chief of surgery at the Omaha VA when the study was done. Johanning remains affiliated with the VA and is a cardiac surgeon at the Nebraska Medical Center....