ASA — Physical Status Classification

  • G. M. Woerlee
Part of the Developments in Critical Care Medicine and Anesthesiology book series (DCCA, volume 18)


The most useful clinical information the anaesthetist can gather about a patient preoperatively is the preoperative physical functional level. That is, how much the diseases that the patient may have affect the level of physical functioning. This whole idea is based upon the simple premise that perioperative morbidity and mortality are increased in sick patients.


Physical Functioning Inguinal Hernia Severe Heart Failure Sick Patient Mild Asthma 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


  1. 1.
    Keats,A.S.(1978). The ASA Classification of Physical Status — A recapitulation. ANESTHESIOLOGY, 49, 233–236PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Owens,W.D., et al.(1978). ASA Physical Status Classifications: A Study of Consistency Ratings. ANESTHESIOLOGY, 49, 239–243.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Woerlee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnaesthesiaUniversity Hospital of LeidenThe Netherlands

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