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Call for greater care of elderly people in surgery

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 20 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1324
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    Elderly patients have their operations cancelled too often and should be given greater priority to prevent delays of more than 24 hours, according to the latest report from the national confidential enquiry into perioperative deaths (NCEPOD).

    Nearly a fifth (19%) of all operations in patients aged …

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