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Success of coronary artery bypass grafts let down by poor organisation

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39601.736053.4E (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1268
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1London

    Poor organisation, communication, and teamwork are letting down patients who need heart surgery, a UK audit of outcomes and death rates after coronary artery bypass grafting has shown.

    The investigation, which lasted three years, involved 39 NHS hospitals and 19 independent sector facilities in the United Kingdom.

    Ian Martin, lead clinical coordinator of the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Death, said that he was not surprised by the findings.

    “This is not atypical of other areas of medicine we have looked at. Not having the proper systems in place is not unique to cardiac surgery,” …

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