Scottish postoperative care is improvingBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7379.12/e (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:12
- Bryan Christie
The number of cases in Scotland where poor care contributed to or caused the death of a surgical patient is continuing to fall, according to the latest report of the Scottish audit of surgical mortality.
Issues of concern that played a part in the patient's death were identified in 7.6% of the 4049 audited deaths in 2001, compared with 10.1% in 2000 and 9.9% in 1999. The most common problems were delays in operating, inadequate preoperative assessment, unsatisfactory medical management, and delays …