December 5th, 2012
A new US study has found that over 40% of complications after general surgery procedures arise after patients have been discharged, with three quarters occurring within the first two weeks of leaving hospital.
At least one expert suggests the study highlights the importance of focusing on patient needs and calls for insurers to invest the proposed savings they would make into research for safer surgery. The Stanford University study analysed 2005 to 2012 data from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Programme, and found, overall, 16.7% of general surgery patients experienced a post discharge (PD) complication, and 41.5% of complications occurred post discharge.
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