Hospital 'death test' estimates a senior's chance of dying within 30 days

January 27, 2015 3:00 PM

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Hospital 'death test' estimates a senior's chance of dying within 30 days

Seniors had better brace themselves: Some US hospitals are now administering the "death test," which estimates an elderly patient's chance of dying over the next 30 days.

Invented in Australia, the test weighs 29 different criteria—including blood pressure, respiratory rate, and medical history—to determine whether hospitalization is worthwhile or the patient should return home or go to a hospice, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

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