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Scottish postoperative care is improving

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7379.12/e (Published 04 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:12
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    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 …

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