Published Nov 15, 2003
Can anyone please tell me what an aldrete score is?
Aldrete Score is a scoring system in several categories to determine how patient is recovering from anesthesia:
Activity *2 Able to move 4 extremities voluntarily/on command
* Except if surgical site restricts, may be 2 extremities.
Respiration 2 Able to deep breathe and cough freely
** Any nasal, oral, endo tube, trach tube.
Circulation 2 BP + 20% of preanesthetic level, stable pulse
Consciousness 2 Fully awake, oriented x3
Color 2 Pink or normal
Best score is usually 10/10...
kastas, BSN, RN
Thanks all! Now I know what it is and use it regularly. I just didn't know the name of it. Thank you!
Did you look into perioperative nursing discussions? They might have something there for you.
NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN
Learned something new today.
Altra, BSN, RN
Thank you SmilingBlueEyes - I learned something I wouldn't have otherwise been exposed to for a while!
Have a great day!
almostretired, BSN, RN
The original Aldrete Score is no longer used in post aneshesia care units (PACUs). The last category which addresses color is not a good indicator of oxygenation.
The modified Aldrete score is now being used which addresses oxygenation:
SpO2 > 92% 2
SpO2 92% or greater
with supplemental O2 1
supplemental O2 0
A score of 9 or return of pre-anesthesia status is usually required for a patient to be discharged from the PACU.
A current post anesthesia book will have an explanation of this scoring system.
2015: Info on how to use, scoring and PACU discharge criteria available at : Modified Aldrete Score Calculator
QuoteModified Aldrete score calculator evaluates availability for discharge after anesthesia from the PACU by patient abilities and results
Modified Aldrete score calculator evaluates availability for discharge after anesthesia from the PACU by patient abilities and results
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