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Death after cardiac surgery is chiefly due to patient risk factors, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5821 (Published 02 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5821
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Mortality after cardiac surgery in UK specialist centres is determined overwhelmingly by patient risk factors rather than by which health professionals or hospitals provide their care, research findings have shown.

Reporting in Anaesthesia,1 researchers analysed 110 769 cardiac surgical procedures carried out over 10 years from April 2002 to March 2012, involving 127 consultant surgeons and 190 consultant anaesthetists. Data, which had been collected prospectively, were provided voluntarily by 10 of the 36 UK hospitals with specialist cardiac surgical centres that were …

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