Letters

Early mortality after dental operations

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6964.1302 (Published 12 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1302
  1. P G G Hardee

    What constitutes a dental operation?

    EDITOR, - Valerie Seagroatt and Michael Goldacre propose that an almost doubled standardised mortality ratio during the year after dental operations may be explained by the fact that they studied patients receiving inpatient rather than outpatient treatment, who by definition would have a greater risk of postoperative complications.1 The explanation may, however, be far simpler and may lie in the authors' ambiguous use of the term “dental operations.” If the term means, as most people would understand it without further explanation, dentoalveolar surgery then their results are surprising. If, however, the term refers to the full …

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